Raorchestes signatus (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Raorchestes > Species: Raorchestes signatus

Ixalus signatus Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 106. Syntypes: Including BMNH 1947.2.24.33-34 and 1947.2.27.35-42 according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 30, who designated BMNH 1947.2.27.36 as lectotype and described it on page 74-75. Type locality: "Malabar", South India; restricted by Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 30 to "Nilgherries" (= Nilgiri Hillis), Tamil Nadu, India.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) signatusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 77.

Philautus signatusGorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 166. Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1985 "1984", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 554.

Philautus (Philautus) signatusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 30.

Kirtixalus signatusYu, Rao, Zhang, and Yang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 50: 578.

Pseudophilautus signatusLi, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 511.

Raorchestes signatusBiju, Shouche, Dubois, Dutta, and Bossuyt, 2010, Curr. Sci., Bangalore, 98: 1120, by implication.

English Names

Boulenger's Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 112).

Quartet Bush Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67).

Cross-backed Bush Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 168; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 109).

Distribution

Nilgiri Hills of the southern Western Ghats, southwestern India (Tamil Nadu: Coonoor, Kothagiri, Udhagamandalam, Naduvattam, Avalanche, and Parsons Valley), below 2000 m elevation, extending into adjacent Kerala.

Comment

See accounts by Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1985 "1984", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 554, and Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 168. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 86, provided systematic notes, access to literature, and range. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 532. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 374-444 [431-433], provided an account, distribution map, and discussed relationships. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 154. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 206–207, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India, providing an imprecise record for Kerala. 

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