Chrysopaa sternosignata (Murray, 1885)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Chrysopaa > Species: Chrysopaa sternosignata

Rana sternosignata Murray, 1885, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 16: 120. Syntypes: "Kurrachee Municipal Museum", presumaby the Karachi Museum and likely now lost; Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 72, listed two syntypes in the BMNH from Muleer and Quetta. Type locality: "Mulleer [= Malir] near Kurrachee [= Karachi]; Zandra and Quetta, in South Afghanistan" (all localities actually in Pakistan).

Rana (Rana) sternosignataBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 8.

Rana (Paa) sternosignataDubois, 1975, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 324: 1098. Dubois, 1976, Cah. Nepal., Doc., 6: 24; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 43.

Paa (Gynandropaa) sternosignataDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 319.

Nanorana sternosignataChen, 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.

Chrysopaa sternosignataOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 780.

English Names

Baluch Mountain Frog (Minton, 1966, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 134: 57).

Malir Paa Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Murray's Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 12).

Karez Frog (Khan, 2002, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 37: 161).


Baluchistan (Pakistan) and Kashmir (Pakistan and India) to Afghanistan.


See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 71, and Khan, 2004, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 39: 45-47. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 134-135, provided a brief account (as Rana sternosignata). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 152-153, provided range, systematic comments, partial taxonomic bibliography, and doubted the Afghanistan records. Khan, 2006, Amph. Rept. Pakistan: 64-65, provided an account for Pakistan. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted several larval descriptions of varying levels of completeness in the literature (as Nanorana sternosignata). 

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