Minervarya chilapata Ohler, Deuti, Grosjean, Paul, Ayyaswamy, Ahmed, and Dutta, 2009

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

Minervarya chilapata Ohler, Deuti, Grosjean, Paul, Ayyaswamy, Ahmed, and Dutta, 2009, Zootaxa, 2209: 45. Holotype: ZSIA 10784, by original designation. Type locality: "Beside rainwater pools alongside forest road inside Mendabari Beat of Chilapata Reserve Forest (26°36′N, 89°24′E), Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal State, India".

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

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

English Names

Chilapata Rainpool Frog (Patel and Vyas, 2020, J. Anim. Diversity, 2: 12).

Chilapata White Lipped Cricket Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 4). 


Known from the Chilipata Reserve Forest, Jalpaiguri District, West Bengal, India, and Morang district, Nepal; reported from Bihar, India, so presumably found in intervening areas. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India, Nepal


 Records from Gujarat, India, are erroneous according to Patel and Vyas, 2020, J. Anim. Diversity, 2: 12. Garg and Biju, 2021, Asian Herpetol. Res., 12: 345–370, summarized the systematics (morphology and molecular markers) of this member of the Minervarya sahyadris group and mapped its distribution. Gautam and Bhattarai, 2022, Herpetozoa, Wien, 35: 179–185, provided records from Morang District, southeastern Nepal, and Chitwan National Park, south-central Nepal, and suggested that the species ranges from northwestern Bangladesh western through southern Nepal and adjacent Bihar, India, to at least the level of Chitwan National Park, Nepal. The authors also discussed conservation status, the advertisement call, and morphometrics. 

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