Nanorana minica (Dubois, 1975)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Nanorana > Species: Nanorana minica

Rana (Paa) minica Dubois, 1975, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 324: 1100. Holotype: MNHNP 1974. 1484, by original designation. Type locality: "Dial Bajar, au sud de Chainpur, sur la riviére Seti, Ouest-Népal, 29° 26′ N, 81° 08′ E, altitute 1000m".

Rana (Paa) tuberculata Tilak and Roy, 1985, Zool. Anz., 215: 231. Holotype: ZSI-NRS A-1, by original designation. Type locality: "Keel Gad, Roadside west of Purari, 5 km west of Chakrata, District Dehra Dun, [Chakrata Hills,] Uttar Pradesh, altitude-2000 m", India. Synonymy by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 339.

Paa (Paa) minicaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 320.

Nanorana minicaChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239, by implication; 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: 367.

Chaparana (Paa) minicaOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781.

Paa minicaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26.

English Names

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

Tiny Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65).

Dubois' Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 128).

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


Western and eastern Nepal and Uttar Pradesh and Himanchal Pradesh (northern India), 1000 to over 2400 m elevation.


See account by Dubois, 1976, Cah. Nepal., Doc., 6: 146-158. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 128, 215, provided a brief account (as Rana minica). Ray, 1999, Mem. Zool. Surv. India, 18: 44-50, provided an account of Rana (Paa) tuberculata. Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 276-279, provided an account for the Nepal population. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 152, provided range, systematic comments, and partial taxonomic bibliography. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Paa minica) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 491. Mehta, 2005, in Alfred (ed.), Fauna W. Himalaya, Part 2: 270, reported the species in Himanchal Pradesh, India, without noting specific localities. Not addressed, and therefore not assigned to subgenus, by Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107: 13765-13770, and Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2. See Shah and Tiwari, 2004, Herpetofauna Nepal: 65, for brief account (as Paa minica). Subba, Aravind, and Ravikanth, 2016, Check List, 13(1: 2033): 12, considered the presence of this species in Sikkim, India, to be doubtful.

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