Amolops formosus (Günther, 1876)

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

Polypedates formosus Günther, 1876 "1875", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1875: 570. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation; this being BMNH 1947.2.4.18 according to Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 68. Type locality: "Khassya" (= Khasi Hills), Assam, India.

Rana formosaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 70.

Rana (Hylorana) formosaBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 220.

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

Amolops (Amolops) formosusDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

English Names

Assam Sucker Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97; Shrestha, 2001, Herpetol. Nepal: 90).

Beautiful Stream Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 68).

Assam Cascade Frog (Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 79; Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 70).

Hill Stream Frog (Shrestha, 2001, Herpetol. Nepal: 90).

Distribution

High gradient streams in northern India (Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Himanchal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, West Bengal), northern Bangladesh, and Nepal; possibly into adjacent Bhutan (but see comment).

Comment

See comment under Amolops himilayanus. See account (as Rana formosa) by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 220. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 53, provided a brief account. Ray, 1999, Mem. Zool. Surv. India, 18: 21-24, provided an account. Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 204–207, provided an extensive account for the Nepal population. See brief account by Shrestha, 2001, Herpetol. Nepal: 90. Sarkar, Biswas, and Ray, 1992, State Fauna Ser., 3: 77, provided a brief account for West Bengal, India. Dubois, 2004, Alytes, 21: 175, noted that the account by Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 212-214, under the name Amolops monticola, actually applies to this species. Devi and Shamungou, 2006, J. Exp. Zool. India, 9: 317-324, and Ningombam and Bordoloi, 2007, Zoos' Print J., 22: 2688-2690, provided a record for Manipur, northeastern India. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 70-72, provided a brief characterization and photographs. See Shah and Tiwari, 2004, Herpetofauna Nepal: 47, for brief account for Nepal. Nidup, Gyeltshen, Penjor, Dorji, and Pearch, 2016, Herpetol. Bull., London, 136: 13–16, discussed identification of Amolops himalayanus in Bhutan, with which Amolops formosus has been confused. 

 

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