Clinotarsus curtipes (Jerdon, 1853)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Clinotarsus > Species: Clinotarsus curtipes

Rana curtipes Jerdon, 1853, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 22: 532. Type(s): presumably originally in the ZSIC; reported as lost by Jerdon, 1870, Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1870: 67. Type locality: "found in the forest only"; by implication in South India; given as "Malabar, South India" by Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 156.

Pachybatrachus robustus Mivart, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 557. Holotype: BMNH according to Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 62. Type locality: Not stated; given as Malabar, India by XXX. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 61.

Clinotarsus robustusMivart, 1869, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1869: 280.

Hylorana curtipesJerdon, 1870, Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1870: 83; Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 144.

Rana curtipesBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 61.

Rana (Hylorana) curtipesBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 131-133.

Rana (Hylarana) curtipesDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42.

Rana (Clinotarsus) curtipesDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328.

Clinotarsus curtipesKrishna and Krishna, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 21; 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: 368; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3.

English Names

Bicoloured Frog (Daniel and Sekar, 1989, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 86: 196; Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 73).

Bicolored Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 231).

Malabar Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107).


Evergreen forests in the northern parts of Kerala and adjacent Karnataka, as well as the forest areas near Topslip in Tamil Nadu, Western Ghats region, southwestern India, 500-2000 m elevation.


See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 131, and Daniel and Sekar, 1989, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 86: 196. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 17, noted the range. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 97-98, provided a brief account. Considered a junior synonym of Rana kuhlii by Theobald, 1868, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 37: 80. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 156-157, provided range and partial taxonomic bibliography. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 231-232, provided an account. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Rana curtipes) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 632. Ganesh and Asokan, 2010, Hamadryad, 35: 46-63, reported a specimen from Bangalore, Karnataka, India. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 104. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 120–121, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. 

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