Sphaerotheca dobsonii (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Sphaerotheca > Species: Sphaerotheca dobsonii

English Names

Mangalore Bullfrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 110).

Dobson's Burrowing Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66; Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 244; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 35).


Western Ghats of southern India (Maharastra, Karnataka), and with substantially less confidence to the east and north to Andhra Pradesh and Orissa state.


Considered a synonym of Tomopterna breviceps by Bhati and Shukla, 1975, Ann. Zool., Agra, 11: 73-75, and Dubois, 1983, Alytes, 2: 164, but resurrected by Pillai, 1982, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 79: 363-365, and Dutta, 1986, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 83: 123-127. See account by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 105. Orissa records by Dutta, 1998 "1997", Hamadryad, 22: 117-118. Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 57, regarded the name Rana dobsonii as either another nominal species within the group or incertae sedis within the subgenus Sphaerotheca of Tomopterna. Without discussion, Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 17, suggested that this is a junior synonym of Tomopterna pluvialis. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 143-144, 213, provided a brief account (as Tomopterna dobsoni). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 160-161, provided a range, systematic comments, and partial taxonomic bibliography. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 244-24245, provided an account. Srinivasulu and Das, 2008, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 11: 110-131, reported the species in the Eastern Ghats of Andhra Pradesh. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map for the Western Ghats provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 56.  Dahanukar, Sulakhe, and Padhye, 2017, J. Threatened Taxa, 9: 10281–10280, discussed the species and implied that the species attached to this name will be found to be restricted to the Western Ghats of South India. 

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