Hylophorbus Macleay, 1878

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Asterophryinae > Genus: Hylophorbus
12 species

Hylophorbus Macleay, 1878, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales, 2: 136. Type species: Hylophorbus rufescens Macleay, 1878, by monotypy.

Metopostira Méhely, 1901, Termés. Füzetek, 24: 189, 238. Type species: Metopostira ocellata Méhely, 1901, by monotypy. Synonymy by Van Kampen, 1919, Bijdr. Dierkd., 21: 53; Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449.

English Names

Mawatta Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 90).


New Guinea.


Removed from the synonymy of Asterophrys by Zweifel, 1972, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 148: 449, where it had been placed by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 58. Günther, 2001, Russ. J. Herpetol., 8: 81-104, provided cogent accounts and comparisons. Menzies, 2006, Frogs New Guinea & Solomon Is.: 247-252, discussed systematic issues within Hylophorbus and provided brief accounts. Köhler and Günther, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 47: 353-365, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that Hylophorbus is monophyletic and the sister taxon of a group of "Callulops" including Callulops major.

Contained taxa (12 sp.):

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