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Meristogenys kinabaluensis.jpg
Meristogenys kinabaluensis from the Crocker Range
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Meristogenys
Yang, 1991
13 species (see text)

Meristogenys is a genus of true frogs from Borneo.[1] Its tadpoles are easily recognizable by their divided upper lip with ribs on the outside.[2]

Its closest living relative is apparently the Hole-in-the-head frog (Huia cavitympanum), type species of the highly polyphyletic "wastebin genus" Huia. Meristogenys, having been proposed far more recently than Huia, might be included in the latter on grounds of phylogeny, as most if not all species placed in the Huia seem to belong elsewhere. But a group of species traditionally placed in Huia as well as the genus Clinotarsus are very close relatives, and therefore a taxonomic revision of this group is probably better deferred until the relationships of all taxa involved have been properly assessed.[3]


There are 13 species:[1][4]


  1. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Meristogenys Yang, 1991". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Stuart (2008)
  3. ^ Cai et al. (2007), Stuart (2008)
  4. ^ "Ranidae". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2016. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Shimada, T., Matsui, M., Yambun, P. and Sudin, A. (2011). "A survey of morphological variation in adult Meristogenys amoropalamus (Amphibia, Anura, Ranidae), with a description of a new cryptic species" (PDF). Zootaxa. 2905: 33–56.