Nanorana ercepeae (Dubois, 1974)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Nanorana > Species: Nanorana ercepeae

Rana ercepeae Dubois, 1974 "1973", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 98: 496. Holotype: MNHNP 1974.1091, by original designation. Type locality: "torrent Jiuli Gad, près du village de Takundara, Nord-Ouest de Chainpur, Ouest-Népal (29° 40′ N, 81° 06′ E; altitude 2280 m). "

Rana (Paa) ercepeaeDubois, 1975, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 324: 1097. Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 43.

Paa (Paa) ercepeaeDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 320.

Nanorana ercepeaeChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239, by implication; Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 367.

Chaparana (Paa) ercepeaeOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781.

Paa ercepeaeFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26.

English Names

Torrent Paa Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

R.C.P.'s Paa Frog (Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 79).


Low montane regions, around 3000 m in elevation, western Nepal, 2200-2600 m elevation.


Closely related to Nanorana rostandi (as Rana), according to the original publication. See account by Dubois, 1976, Cah. Nepal., Doc., 6: 179-189. Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 268-270, provided an account for the Nepal population. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Paa ercepeae) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 630. Not addressed, and therefore not assigned to subgenus, by Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107: 13765-13770, and Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2. See Shah and Tiwari, 2004, Herpetofauna Nepal: 63, for brief account. Subba, Aravind, and Ravikanth, 2016, Check List, 13(1: 2033): 12, considered the presence of this species in Sikkim, India, to be doubtful.   

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