Fejervarya modesta (Rao, 1920)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Fejervarya > Species: Fejervarya modesta

Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris var. modestus Rao, 1920, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 27: 125. Holotype: ZSIC 19179 according to Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 107. Type locality: "Jog, Shimoga, Mysore State", India. Status rejected by Chanda and Das, 1997, Hamadryad, 22: 48-49.

Nyctibatrachus modestusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 68. Elevated from the synonymy of Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 68.

Fejervarya modestaBiju, Van Bocxlaer, Mahony, Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Zachariah, Giri, and Bossuyt, 2011, Zootaxa, 3029: 67-68.

English Names

Shimoga Night Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Distribution

Known only from the type locality (Jog, Shimoga, Mysore, India).

Comment

The species was recognized by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 68, but this recognition as something other than a synonym of Nyctibatrachus sanctipalustris was rejected by Chanda and Das, 1997, Hamadryad, 22: 48-49. Biju, Van Bocxlaer, Mahony, Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Zachariah, Giri, and Bossuyt, 2011, Zootaxa, 3029: 1-96, transferred the species of Fejervarya. Given that Howlader, 2011, Bangladesh Wildl. Bull., 5: 1–7, did not include this species in his list of Zakerana, does not preclude this taxon being placed in that taxon inasmuch as Howlader would not have seen the paper of  Biju, Van Bocxlaer, Mahony, Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Zachariah, Giri, and Bossuyt, 2011, Zootaxa, 3029: 67-68, prior to the submission of his own paper on Zakerana. However, the type of modesta was reported by Biju et al., 2011, to have limbs destroyed, which would make it difficult to assign the nominal species to either Fejervarya or Zakerana withouth recourse to geography. Regardless, as of this date (17 Feb. 2015) no one has presented evidence which would place modesta in Zakerana and I hesitate to make the change (DRF).

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