Monday, September 11, 2017

[Herpetology • 2017] Kalophrynus kiewi • A New Kalophrynus (Anura, Microhylidae) from Peninsular Malaysia

Kalophrynus kiewi
Matsui, Eto, Belabut & Nishikawa, 2017

We report a new microhylid frog of the genus Kalophrynus from Peninsular Malaysia and describe it as a new species Kalophrynus kiewi based on results of molecular and morphological analyses. The new species is a large-sized Kalophrynus (snout-vent length 34–47 mm) and is morphologically very similar to K. pleurostigma, in which it has long been unrecognized, and K. meizon, but is distinguished from them molecularly and by its body size, dorsal skin texture, and relative length of hindlimb. The new species is also clearly differentiated from all the other members of the genus by molecular and morphological differences. Taxonomic and distributional problems of the genus Kalophrynus in Peninsular Malaysia are briefly discussed.

Keywords: Kalophrynus kiewi, Mitochondrial phylogeny, Southeast Asia, Systematics, Taxonomy

Kalophrynus kiewi sp. nov.

Etymology: The specific name kiewi is dedicated to Dr. Kiew Bong Heang, former academician at the Department of Zoology, University of Malaya, who is the pioneer in revising peninsular Kalophrynus.

Masafumi Matsui, Koshiro Eto, Daicus M. Belabut and Kanto Nishikawa. 2017. A New Kalophrynus (Amphibia, Anura, Microhylidae) from Peninsular Malaysia.
 Current Herpetology. 36(2) 75-86. DOI: 10.5358/hsj.36.75