Megophrys robusta Boulenger, 1908

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Genus: Megophrys > Species: Megophrys robusta

Megalophrys robusta Boulenger, 1908, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1908: 418. Syntypes: ZSIC (4 specimens) and BMNH (1 specimen), by original designation; BMNH 1947.2.25.19 (1908.4.8.8) designated lectotype by Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2018, Zootaxa, 4523: 30. Type locality: "Darjeeling", West Bengal, India.

Megophrys (Megophrys) robustaDubois, 1980, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 49: 472.

Panophrys robustaRao and Yang, 1997, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 7: 98-99. Tentative combination.

Megophrys (Xenophrys) robustaDubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 14.

Xenophrys robustaOhler, 2003, Alytes, 21: 23, by implication; Delorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 17; Chen, Zhou, Poyarkov, Stuart, Brown, Lathrop, Wang, Yuan, Jiang, Hou, Chen, Suwannapoom, Nguyen, Duong, Papenfuss, Murphy, Zhang, and Che, 2016, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 106: 41.

Megophrys (Xenophrys) robusta — Mahony, Foley, Biju, and Teeling, 2017, Mol. Biol. Evol., 34: 756. 

English Names

Bengal Spadefoot Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 86).

Robust Spadefoot Toad (Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 78; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 44).

Robust Pelobatid Toad (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 63).

White-lipped Horned Toad (Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 58).

Robust Horned Frog (Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2018, Zootaxa, 4523: 35). 

Distribution

Darjeeling Hills of northern West Bengal, India, east through Bhutan to at least the West Kameng District of western Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, as well as Ilam, Pachthar, and Taplejung Provinces of Nepal; likely extends north along river valleys into bordering southern Tibet, China.  

Comment

Brief account provided by Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 12. Rai and Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 167-171, provided an extensive account for Nepalese population. Bordoloi and Borah, 2001, Cotton College Res. J., India, 1: 191-193, provided the record for Arunachal Pradesh, India. Sarkar, Biswas, and Ray, 1992, State Fauna Ser., 3: 75, provided a brief account for West Bengal, India. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 58-59, provided a brief characterization and photographs. See Shah and Tiwari, 2004, Herpetofauna Nepal: 42, for brief account for Nepal. See account by Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2018, Zootaxa, 4523: 30–37, provided a detailed account, noting that records from Meghalaya, Assam, and Nagaland (India), Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Vietnam as either needing to be corroborated or erroneous. 

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