Limnonectes leytensis (Boettger, 1893)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Limnonectes > Species: Limnonectes leytensis

Hylarana mindanensis Girard, 1853, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 6: 423. Types: Not stated, presumably originally ANSP or USNM. Type locality: "Caldera, on Mindanoo [Mindanao]", Philippines. Considered a nomen dubium by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 6. Considered incertae sedis within the subgenus Limnonectes by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 63. Listed, with discussion, as a possibly senior synonym of Rana leytensis Boettger, by Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 299. Status not addressed recently.

Rana mindanensisBoettger, 1886, Ber. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 1886: 121; Taylor, 1920, Philipp. J. Sci., 16: 239.

Rana leytensis Boettger, 1893, Zool. Anz., 16: 365. Holotype: SMF 4931 (formerly 1017. 3a) according to Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 45. Type locality: "Insel Leyte, Philippinen".

Rana microdisca leytensisMertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 45.

Limnonectes (Limnonectes) leytensisDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 63.

English Names

Leyte Wart Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100).

Swamp Frog (Gaulke, 2011, Herpetofauna Panay Island: 83).


Philippine Islands south of Mindoro and Luzon, except Palawan (Basilan, Bohol, Camiguin Sur, Cebu, Dinagat, Leyte, Mindanao, Negros, Romblon Island Group, Samar, Sulu Archipelago). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Philippines

Endemic: Philippines


In the Limnonectes (Limnonectes) microdiscus group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 63. Considered a junior synonym of Rana microdisca by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 57; Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 180, and as a subspecies of Rana microdisca by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 45. Treated as a distinct species by Mertens, 1929, Zool. Anz., 86: 67; Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 214. Brief account (as Rana microdisca leytensis) by Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 291-300. Ferner, Brown, Sison, and Kennedy, 2001, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 9: 42-43, suggested that nominal Limnonectes leytensis is a composite of at least two species (one in the Mindanao complex of islands (Leyte, Samar, Bohol, and Mindanao) and the other on the Visayan complex (Panay and Negros Is.). McLeod, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 56: 991-1000, suggested that nominal Limnonectes leytensis is composed of a complex of species. Gaulke, 2011, Herpetofauna Panay Island: 83-84, provided a brief account for Limnonectes cf leytensis for Panay Island, Philippines. See brief notes for Mindanao, Philippines, by Sanguila, Cobb, Siler, Diesmos, Alcala, and Brown, 2016, ZooKeys, 624: 29, and Pitogo, Saavedra, and Afuang, 2021, Philipp. J. Sci., 150: 1288. Meneses, Siler, Alviola, Balatibat, Gonzalez, Natividad, and Brown, 2022, Check List, 18: 941–984, discussed its habitat on Sibuyan I, Philippines. Flores, Diesmos, and Nuñeza, 2023, Biodiversitas, 24: 133–139, reported on larval morphology and life history. 

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