Fejervarya moodiei (Taylor, 1920)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Fejervarya > Species: Fejervarya moodiei

Rana moodiei Taylor, 1920, Philipp. J. Sci., 16: 234. Holotype: CM 3724 (formerly E.H. Taylor 1240), according to McCoy and Richmond, 1966, Ann. Carnegie Mus., 38: 249. Type locality: "Manila", Luzon, Philippines.

Hoplobatrachus moodieiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60.

Fejervarya moodieiDubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35. Fei, Ye, Jiang, and Xie, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 92; Hasan, Islam, Khan, Alam, Kurabayashi, Igawa, Kuramoto, and Sumida, 2012, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 29: 162.

English Names

Gulf Coast Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 182 [as Fejervarya cancrivora]).

Brackish Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 135 [as Fejervarya cancrivora]).


Known imprecisely and with certainty only from Orissa (India), Thailand, Hainan I. (China) and Negros, Luzon, and the Romblon island group of the Philippines, although assumed to extend from eastern India through Myanmar and Thailand south to the Isthmus of Kra, tropical China, Indochina and the Philippines.


Removed from the synonymy of Fejervarya cancrivora by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60 (where it had been placed by Smith, 1927, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1927: 199-225; Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 260) and considered incertae sedis within Hoplobatrachus by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60, without discussion. Not associated with a biological population of frogs according to Dubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35, and Matsui, Toda, and Ota, 2008 "2007", Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 26: 73 (who regarded the taxon as 'invalid'). Kurniawan, Djong, Islam, Nishizawa, Belabut, Sen, Wanichanon, Yasir, and Sumida, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 12-24, and Hasan, Islam, Khan, Alam, Kurabayashi, Igawa, Kuramoto, and Sumida, 2012, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 29: 162-172, associated the name with populations of "mangrove-type" frogs previously associated with Fejervarya cancrivora. See Liu, Hu, Fei, and Huang, 1973, Acta Zool. Sinica, 19: 395, for comparison (as Rana cancrivora) to closely related species. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 246; Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 182, and Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 93, as Fejervarya cancrivora. Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 136, provided a brief characterization and photograph as Fejervarya cancrivora. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 108-109, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph, as Fejervarya cancrivora. Dutta, 1984, Herpetol. Rev., 15: 52, provided a record for mainland India (Madhya Pradesh), as Rana cancrivora, but this has not been reflected in subsequent treatises on Indian amphibians. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1305-1309, provided an account for China, figures, and map as Fejervarya cancrivora. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 352, provided a brief account for China including photographs of specimens and habitat as Fejervarya cancrivora. Islam, Kurose, Khan, Nishizawa, Kuramoto, Alam, Hasan, Kurniawan, Nishioka, and Sumida, 2008, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 25: 1084-1105, noted a then unnamed species (now Fejervarya moodiei), close to Fejervarya cancrivora in coastal Bangladesh, implying that many of the localities for this species such as on the Andamans, India, and Myanmar may not actually be conspecific with nominal Fejervarya cancrivora. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 102-104, provided an account for Hainan as Rana cancrivora. Gaulke, 2011, Herpetofauna Panay Island: 76-78, provided a brief account for Panay Island, Philippines. Siler, Swab, Oliveros, Diesmos, Averia, Alcala, and Brown, 2012, Check List, 8: 443-462, reported the species from the Romblon group is Philippine islands and provided life history comments. See brief notes for Mindanao, Philippines, by Sanguila, Cobb, Siler, Diesmos, Alcala, and Brown, 2016, ZooKeys, 624: 25.

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