Walkerana leptodactyla (Boulenger, 1882)

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

Polypedates brevipalmatus Günther, 1876 "1875", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1875: 572. Syntypes: BMNH (several specimens), by original designation. BMNH 1947.2.29.39 designated lectotype by Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9239. Type locality: "Malabar" and "Anamallays" (= Anamallais), India. Lectotype from "Malabar", India; considered to be "Eravikulam National Park (10.145° N, & 77.038° E, elevation 1940 m" by Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9239. Secondary homonym of Rana brevipalmata Peters, 1871.

Rana leptodactyla Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 57. Replacement name for Polypedates brevipalmatus Günther, 1987 "1875". Subsequently confused by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 118.

Rana (Discodeles) leptodactylaBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 98; Daniel and Sekar, 1989, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 86: 194.

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

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

Indirana leptodactylaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 175-176.

Walkerana leptodactylaDahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9239; Dubois, 2017, Zootaxa, 4237: 1–16.  

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

English Names

Boulenger's 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: 86).

Long-toed Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64).

Thin-limbed Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 120).

Slender-toed Leaping Frog (Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9239). 

Distribution

Southern Western Ghats of southern India; known from Agasthyamala Hills, Kalakkad-Mundanthuai, Athirimala, Periyar Tiger Reserve, and Eravikulam National Park in Kerala, and the Anamalai Hills of Parambikulam and Indira Gandi National Park in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, above 800 m elevation.

Comment

See account by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 118. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 15, suggested that that at least one undescribed species in the Western Ghats had been referred to this taxon. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 120-121, provided a brief account (as Rana leptodactyla). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 123-124, provided range, systematic comments, and a taxonomic bibliography. 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: 110. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 136–137, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. Dahanukar, Modak, Krutha, Nameer, Padhye, and Molur, 2016, J. Threatened Taxa, 8: 9239–9243, provided an extensive account. See brief account by Garg and Biju, 2016, PLoS One, 11(11:e0166326): 27–28.  

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