Meristogenys jerboa (Günther, 1872)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Meristogenys > Species: Meristogenys jerboa

Hylorana jerboa Günther, 1872, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1872: 599. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens), by original designation by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 67. Type locality: "Matang", Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo).

Rana jerboaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 67.

Rana (Hylorana) jerboaBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 126, 196.

Rana (Hylarana) jerboaVan Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 209.

Hylorana jerboaDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 144.

Hylarana jerboaBourret, 1939, Annexe Bull. Gen. Instr. Publique, Hanoi, 1939: 43. Presumably based on misidentified specimens.

Amolops jerboaInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 236.

Meristogenys jerboaYang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 34. Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3; by implication.

Amolops (Meristogenys) jerboaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

English Names

Gunther's Borneo Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 101).

Matang Torrent Frog (Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 161).


Matang in western Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia, below 700 m elevation.


Reports of this species from the mainland (Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaya) and Java are in error according to Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 35, and Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 43. See comment under Rana gerbillus. See account by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 196. Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 161, provided a brief description. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 485.  Shimada, Matsui, Nishikawa, and Eto, 2015, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 32: 474–484, presented a Bayesian tree of mtDNA tree (454 bp) that suggests that Meristogenys jerboa is composed of at least two species. Gan, Hertwig, Das, and Haas, 2015, J. Zool. Syst. Evol., 54: 46–59, reported on detailed anatomy of the larval ventral sucker in comparison to Huia cavitymapnum. 

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