Abavorana luctuosa (Peters, 1871)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Abavorana > Species: Abavorana luctuosa

English Names

Malaysian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108).

Purple Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 134).

Mahogany Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 128; Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 159).


Southern peninsular Thailand (Kanchanaburi and Tak provinces [see comment]) and peninsular Malaysia; Malaysian Borneo in Sabah state (Imbak Canyon and Sipitang; Sarawak state: Bukit Kana, Samarakan and Tubau in Bintulu Division and Kubah National Park),  wiith isolated records in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) and northern Sumatra. 


Literature for the Borneo range may include Abavorana decorata, not recognized until 2021. In the Section Hylarana, subsection Hydrophylax, subgenus Pulchrana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326. See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 183; Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 360–362, Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 451–453; and Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 206–207. See also account in Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 74–75. Thailand is range according to Khonsue and Thirakhupt, 2001, Nat. Hist. J. Chulalongkorn Univ., 1: 73. See brief account and photo by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 111–112. Malkmus, Manthey, Vogel, Hoffmann, and Kosuch, 2002, Amph. Rept. Mount Kinabalu: 163–165, provided an account. Leong and Lim, 2003, Raffles Bull. Zool., 51: 128–130, provided a record from Raub District, Pahang, West Malaysia. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 125, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 159, provided a brief description. Chan-ard, Cota, and Makchai, 2011, Amph. E. Region Thailand: 145, detailed the range in Thailand. Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 176–192, discussed phylogenetics and placed the species in a new genus. Haas, Kueh, Joseph, bin Asri, Das, Hagmann, Schwander, and Hertwig, 2018, Evol. Syst., 2: 89–114, provided a brief account of morphology and natural history for the Sabah population. See comments on morphology and natural history in West Malaysia by Chan, Muin, Anuar, Andam, Razak, and Aziz, 2019, Check List, 15: 1055–1069. Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 314–315, provided a brief account (description, photographs, habitat, and range) for Thailand (in Thai). Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 44, suggested that southern Thai populations, once adequately assayed genetically, may be Abavorana nazgulHaas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 324–326, summarized the knowledge of habitat, reproduction, larval morphology and coloration. 

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