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Rufous Foam-nest Tree Frog (Chiromantis rufescens).jpg
Chiromantis rufescens
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Genus: Chiromantis
Peters, 1854
Type species
Chiromantis xerampelina Peters, 1854

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Chirixalus Boulenger, 1893

Chiromantis (commonly known as the foam-nest frog or foam-nest tree frog) is a genus of frogs in the family Rhacophoridae. It contains species from the Sub-Saharan African tropics as well as from South and East Asia (northeastern India, Bangladesh, China, Mainland Southeast Asia, and Borneo).[1] The Asian species were formerly assigned to Chirixalus, but this taxon was shown to be paraphyletic with respect to African Chiromantis. Consequently, Chirixalus were included in Chiromantis. Monophyly of Chiromantis also required erecting a new genus Feihyla for "Chirixalus palpebralis".[1][2]


The current delineation of Chiromantis is based on molecular phylogenetics, and there is no morphological character that defines genus. They are moderately large frogs with a snout-vent length of 35–80 mm (1.4–3.1 in). They lay their eggs in foam nests.[2]


There are currently 18 species placed in this genus:[1]


  1. ^ a b c Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Chiromantis Peters, 1854". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b Li, Jiatang; Dingqi Rao; Robert W. Murphy; Yaping Zhang (2011). "The systematic status of rhacophorid frogs" (PDF). Asian Herpetological Research. 2: 1–11. doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2011.00001.

External links[edit]

Data related to Chiromantis at Wikispecies