Walkerana diplosticta (Günther, 1876)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranixalidae > Genus: Walkerana > Species: Walkerana diplosticta

Ixalus diplostictus Günther, 1876 "1875", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1875: 574. Syntypes: BMNH (4 specimens); of which 3 remain, BMNH 1947.2.3.21-23 (formerly 1874.4.29.1412-1414), according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 26. BMNH 1947.2.2.21 designated lectotype by  Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9237. Type locality: "Malabar", India. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 8, noted the imprecision of this type locality.

Rana diplostictaBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 55.

Rana (Discodeles) diplostictaBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 101-102. Daniel and Sekar, 1989, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 86: 194.

Indirana diplostictaLaurent, 1986, in Grassé and Delsol (eds.), Traite de Zool., 14: 761.

Ranixalus diplostictusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 69.

Indirana diplostictaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 175-176, by implication.

Indirana diplostictaDaniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 195, incorrect subsequent spelling.

Walkerana diplosticta — Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9237; Dubois, 2017, Zootaxa, 4237: 1–16.  

Sallywalkerana diplosticta — Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9381.

English Names

Malabar Indian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 99; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 84).

Rufous Leaf-hopper Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64).

Günther's Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 104).

Spotted Leaping Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 195; Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9237).

Distribution

Known only from the Agasthyamala Hills, south of Palghat gap in the Western Ghats state of Kerala, India. 

Comment

See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 120, and Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1984, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 425 (as Rana diplosticta). Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 15, noted its presence in Tamil Nadu. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 104, provided a brief account (as Rana diplosticta). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 122-123, provided range, systematic comments, and a taxonomic bibliography. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 195-197, provided an account. 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: 480. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 107. Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9239–9243, provided an extensive account and noted (p. 9239) specific localities, some requiring genetic confirmation. See brief account by Garg and Biju, 2016, PLoS One, 11(11:e0166326): 26. 

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