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Buergeriinae Channing, 1989

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Buergeriinae
4 species

Buergeriinae Channing, 1989, S. Afr. J. Zool., 24: 127. Type genus: Buergeria Tschudi, 1838.

BuergeriiniDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 335.

English Names

None noted.

Distribution

Taiwan and Hainan (China); Japanese Archipelago from Ryukyu Is. to Honshu.

Comment

Contains only the genus Buergeria, which Channing, 1989, S. Afr. J. Zool., 24: 116-131, considered to be the sister-taxon of the remaining rhacophorids. Blommers-Schlösser, 1993, Ethol. Ecol. Evol., 5: 199-203, criticized aspects of Channing's (1989) analysis, suggested that Buergeriinae was not monophyletic and retained Aglyptodactylus (now in Mantellidae) in Rhacophorinae. Wilkinson, Drewes, and Tatum, 2002, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 24: 265-273, and Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 48: 302-312, found Buergeriinae to be the sister-taxon of the remaining rhacophorids, and together with that group, the sister taxon of the mantellines. This was also confirmed by Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their molecular tree based on Genbank sequences. In other words, the preponderance of molecular evidence supports in general outline the analysis of morphology by Channing.

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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