Limnonectes shompenorum Das, 1996

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

Limnonectes shompenorum Das, 1996, J. South Asian Nat. Hist., 2: 127. Holotype: ZSIC A8741, by original designation. Type locality: "ca. 2 km east of Kopen Heat, ca. 14 km on the East-West Road, Great Nicobar, India".

English Names

Shompen Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 29).

Shompen Fanged Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 3). 


Southern group of the Nicobar Islands (Great Nicobar, Little Nicobar, Pilo Milo, and Mencha Islands); western Sumatra (provinces of Aceh, Sumatera Utara, Sumatera Barat, Riau, Bengkulu, and Sumatera Selatan) and the nearby island of Enggano, Indonesia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India, Indonesia


Similar to Limnonectes macrodon according to the original publication. Inger and Iskandar, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., 53: 138, provided the Sumatran record. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Teynié, David, and Ohler, 2010, Zootaxa, 2416: 9-10, commented on additional Sumatran material. Harikrishnan and Vasudevan, 2018, Alytes, 36: 252–254, commented on the distribution and natural history in the Nicobar Islands, India. Chandramouli, 2020, IRCF Rept. & Amph., 27: 235–236, described the morphology of the previously unknown male. Gonggoli, Atmaja, Kadafi, Arida, and Hamidy, 2023, Biodiversitas, 24: 473–480, discussed the taxonomic status of the population on Enggano Island, off the west coast of Sumatra, and suggested on molecular grounds that Limnonectes shompenorum is the sister taxon of Limnonectes macrodon.     

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