Microhyla malang — Bornean Narrow-mouthed Frog
This species was considered part of Microhyla borneensis until someone realized that the type specimen for M. borneensis was actually the kind whose tadpoles live in pitcher plants, then called M. nepenthicola. So the name "Microhyla nepenthicola" was replaced by "Microhyla borneensis", leaving a need for a new name to cover the rest of the frogs formerly considered part of M. borneensis. And M. malang is that new name. Got it? There will be a short quiz after class.
This little frog, blissfully unaware of the entire naming controversy surrounding it, was hopping about in the leaf litter near Kubah's famous Frog Pond when I saw it.
This tiny frog has got some serious self-confidence, fully exposed on a leaf that seems a lot bigger than it actually needs.
- Inger, R. F., Stuebing, R. B., Grafe, T. U., Dehling, J. M. 2017. A Field Guide to the Frogs of Borneo, Third Edition
- Wahab, T. B., Das, I., Min, P. Y., Haas, A. 2014. A Photographic Guide to Frogs of Kubah National Park