Leptobrachella Smith, 1925

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Genus: Leptobrachella
9 species

Nesobia Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 6. Type species: Leptobrachium natunae Günther, 1895, by monotypy. Synonymy by Dubois, 1980, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 49: 474. A junior homonym of Nesobia Ancey, 1887 (Mollusca).

Leptobrachella Smith, 1925, Sarawak Mus. J., 3: 27. Type species: Leptobrachella mjöbergi Smith, 1925, by monotypy.

English Names

Borneo Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 85).

Slender-armed Frogs (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 106).


Borneo and Natuna Island.


Reviewed by Dring, 1983, Amphibia-Reptilia, 4: 89-102. Inger and Stuebing, 1992 "1991", Raffles Bull. Zool., 39: 102, and Malkmus, Manthey, Vogel, Hoffmann, and Kosuch, 2002, Amph. Rept. Mount Kinabalu: 89, provided a key to the species of Borneo. Delorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 13, provided characters suggested to be apomorphic with respect to Leptolalax, its purported sister taxon. Not addressed by Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583. Matsui, Eto, Nishikawa, Hamidy, Belabut, Ahmad, Panha, Khonsue, and Grismer, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 36: 11–21, also presented an mtDNA tree of Leptobrachella and Leptolalax, finding the Leptobrachella imbedded within Leptolalax

Contained taxa (9 sp.):

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