Amolops himalayanus (Boulenger, 1888)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amolops > Species: Amolops himalayanus

Rana himalayana Boulenger, 1888, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 2: 507. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.3.83-84 and 1947.2.27.95-96, according to Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 69. Type locality: "Darjeeling", India.

Rana (Hylorana) himalayanaBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 219.

Staurois himalayanusBourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 381.

Amolops himalayanusInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication.

Amolops formosus himalayanusDubois, 1974, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 213: 357.

Amolops himalayanusYang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 12.

English Names

Himalaya Sucker Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 69).

Himalaya Cascade Frog (Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 79).

Himalayan Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 114).

Distribution

Northeastern India (Darjeeling region of West Bengal), southeastern Bhutan, and Nepal.

Comment

Removed from subspecies status under Amolops formosus, where it had been placed by Dubois, 1974, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 213: 357, by Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 12. Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 340, maintained this synonymy without addressing the diagnostic differences noted by Yang. See account (as Rana himalayanus) by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 219. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 114-115, 215-216, provided a brief account (as Rana himalayanus). Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 79, doubted the Nepal record as based on a single tadpole, likely assignable to Amolops formosus. Dubois, 2004, Alytes, 21: 175, regarded Amolops himalayanus as likely synonymous with Amolops formosus. Mehta, 2005, in Alfred (ed.), Fauna W. Himalaya, Part 2: 270, reported the species in Himanchal Pradesh, India, without noting specific localities so this should be verified. Nidup, Gyeltshen, Penjor, Dorji, and Pearch, 2016, Herpetol. Bull., London, 136: 13–16, reported the species from Jere Chhu, Khaling, Trashigang District, Bhutan, 2073 m elevation, noting uncollected animals likely of this species at Bodidrang stream, also in Trashigang District. The authors also discussed identification of Amolops formosus, with which Amolops himalayanus has been confused. 

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