Minervarya agricola (Jerdon, 1853)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Minervarya > Species: Minervarya agricola

Rana agricola Jerdon, 1853, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 22: 532. Types: In ZSIC, but unavailable for study according to Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 152; reported as lost by Jerdon, 1870, Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1870: 67. ZSI/SRS/V/A/362 designated neotype by Ganesh, Dutta, and Chandramouli, 2017, Asian J. Conserv. Biol., 6: 108. Type locality: "inundated paddy-fields and meadows", in South India by implication. Neotype from "Selaiyur Lake in Madras", India. 

Fejervarya granosa Kuramoto, Joshy, Kurabayashi, and Sumida, 2008 "2007", Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 26: 94. Holotype: BNHS 4649, by original designation. Type locality: "Talapu, Madikeri", central Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. Synonymy by Chandramouli, Ankaiah, Arul, Dutta, and Ganesh, 2019, Asian J. Conserv. Biol., 8: 85. 

Zakerana granosa — Howlader, 2011, Bangladesh Wildl. Bull., 5: 2.

Fejervarya agricola — Ganesh, Dutta, and Chandramouli, 2017, Asian J. Conserv. Biol., 6: 108. 

Fejervarya granosa —  Dinesh, Vijayakumar, Channakeshavamurthy, Torsekar, Kulkarni, and Shanker, 2015, Zootaxa, 3999: 79. 

Minervarya granosa — Sanchez, Biju, Islam, Hasan, Ohler, Vences, and Kurabayashi, 2018, Salamandra, 54: 115. 

Minervarya agricola — Here (11 July 2018). Provisional placement reflecting the partition of Fejervarya by Sanchez, Biju, Islam, Hasan, Ohler, Vences, and Kurabayashi, 2018, Salamandra, 54: 109–116. 

English Names

Granular Fejervarya (Minervarya granosa [no longer recognized}: Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 16).

Distribution

Central Western Ghats of Karnataka, South India, and eastern plains of Peninsular India (Tuticorin, Mayiladuthurai, and Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu; Pondicheri north to Chennai). 

Comment

Considered a junior synonym of Rana vittigera by Theobald, 1868, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 37: 80. Considered a junior synonym of Rana limnocharis by Boulenger, 1890, Fauna Brit. India, Rept. Batr.: 450. Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 152, noted that this species might be based on a juvenile Rana tigerina (now in Hoplobatrachus), but inasmuch as workers were not allowed access to the material the status of the species remained in doubt. Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 60, considered this to be incertae sedis within Hoplobatrachus or Fejervarya; without discussion. Ganesh, Dutta, and Chandramouli, 2017, Asian J. Conserv. Biol., 6: 107–113, discussed the name and applied it via a neotype to a species in plains of South India, as Fejervarya. These authors also provided a considerable amount of natural history information.  Köhler, Mogk, Khaing, and Than, 2019, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 69: 190, suggested that the distinctiveness of Minervarya granosa from Minervarya pierrei and Minervarya syhadrensis needs to be confirmed. 

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