Fejervarya moodiei (Taylor, 1920)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Fejervarya > Species: Fejervarya moodiei

Rana moodiei Taylor, 1920, Philipp. J. Sci., 16: 234. Holotype: CM 3724 (formerly E.H. Taylor 1240), according to McCoy and Richmond, 1966, Ann. Carnegie Mus., 38: 249. Type locality: "Manila", Luzon, Philippines.

Hoplobatrachus moodieiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60.

Fejervarya moodieiDubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35; Fei, Ye, Jiang, and Xie, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 92; Hasan, Islam, Khan, Alam, Kurabayashi, Igawa, Kuramoto, and Sumida, 2012, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 29: 162.

English Names

Gulf Coast Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 182 [as Fejervarya cancrivora]).

Brackish Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 135 [as Fejervarya cancrivora]).

Mangrove Frog (Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 244).

Luzon Wart Frog (Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 244).

Northern Crab-eating Grassfrog (Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 18).

Northern Crab-eating Rice Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 3). 


Coastal areas from eastern India (Orissa), Bangladesh, the Andaman Islands, and southern China, southward through Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar (Ayeyarwady, Bago, Mon, Rakhine, Tanintharyi, Yangon), and Luzon and Sibuyan Islands in the Philippines. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, People's Republic of, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam


Removed from the synonymy of Fejervarya cancrivora by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60 (where it had been placed by Smith, 1927, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1927: 199–225; Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 260) and considered incertae sedis within Hoplobatrachus by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60, without discussion. Not associated with a biological population of frogs according to Dubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35, and Matsui, Toda, and Ota, 2008 "2007", Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 26: 73 (who regarded the taxon as 'invalid'). Kurniawan, Tjong, Islam, Nishizawa, Belabut, Sen, Wanichanon, Yasir, and Sumida, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 12–24, reported on the morphometrics and interfertility experiments of the the members of the Fejervarya cancrivora complex (Fejervarya cancrivora, Fejervarya moodiei, and an unnamed species from Sulawesi. Hasan, Islam, Khan, Alam, Kurabayashi, Igawa, Kuramoto, and Sumida, 2012, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 29: 162–172, associated the name with populations of "mangrove-type" frogs previously associated with Fejervarya cancrivora. See Liu, Hu, Fei, and Huang, 1973, Acta Zool. Sinica, 19: 395, for comparison (as Rana cancrivora) to closely related species. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 246; Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 182, and Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 93, as Fejervarya cancrivoraDutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 127, provided range (Andaman and Nicobar Is.), systematic comments, and a taxonomic bibliography (as Fejervarya cancrivora). Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 136, provided a brief characterization and photograph as Fejervarya cancrivora. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 108–109, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph, as Fejervarya cancrivora. Dutta, 1984, Herpetol. Rev., 15: 52, provided a record for mainland India (Madhya Pradesh), as Rana cancrivora, but this has not been reflected in subsequent treatises on Indian amphibians. Neang and Holden, 2008, Field Guide Amph. Cambodia: 85, provided a photograph, brief account of identification (as Fejervarya cancrivora), ecology, and range in Cambodia. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1305–1309, provided an account for China, figures, and map as Fejervarya cancrivora. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 352, provided a brief account for China including photographs of specimens and habitat as Fejervarya cancrivora. Islam, Kurose, Khan, Nishizawa, Kuramoto, Alam, Hasan, Kurniawan, Nishioka, and Sumida, 2008, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 25: 1084–1105, noted a then unnamed species (now Fejervarya moodiei), close to Fejervarya cancrivora in coastal Bangladesh, implying that many of the localities for this species such as on the Andamans, India, and Myanmar may not actually be conspecific with nominal Fejervarya cancrivora. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 102–104, provided an account for Hainan as Rana cancrivora. Gaulke, 2011, Herpetofauna Panay Island: 76–78, provided a brief account for Panay Island, Philippines. Siler, Swab, Oliveros, Diesmos, Averia, Alcala, and Brown, 2012, Check List, 8: 443–462, reported the species from the Romblon group is Philippine islands and provided life history comments. See brief notes for Mindanao, Philippines, by Sanguila, Cobb, Siler, Diesmos, Alcala, and Brown, 2016, ZooKeys, 624: 25. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 94, provided a brief account (as Rana cancrivora) for the Nicobar and Andaman Is. populations, although the identity of these frogs is currently not resolved. Wogan, Vindum, Wilkinson, Koo, Slowinski, Win, Thin, Kyi, Oo, Lwin, and Shein, 2008, Hamadryad, 33: 86, provided the first record for coastal Myanmar in Rakhin State, Mon State, and Ayeyarwady Division (as Fejervarya cancrivora).  Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 438–439, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China (as Fejervarya cancrivora). Al-Razi, Alam, Hossain, Neogi, and Baki, 2017, IRCF Rept. & Amph., 24: 162–167, provided a record (as Fejervarya cancrivora) from Saint Martin's Island, Cox's Bazar, southeastern Bangladesh. Harikrishnan and Vasudevan, 2018, Alytes, 36: 249–251, commented on the distribution and natural history in the Andaman Islands, India, as Fejervarya cf. cancrivoraNiyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 244–245, provided a brief account (photographs, habitat, and range) for Thailand (in Thai). Chandramouli, Ankaiah, Prasad, and Arul, 2020, Taprobanica, 9: 194–204, reidentified the population on the Nicobar Island as Fejervarya limnocharisZug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 17–18, discussed identification, habitat, and range in Myanmar. Meneses, Siler, Alviola, Balatibat, Gonzalez, Natividad, and Brown, 2022, Check List, 18: 941–984, discussed its habitat on Sibuyan I, Philippines. 

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