Minervarya kalinga (Raj, Dinesh, Das, Dutta, Kar, and Mohapatra, 2018)

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

Fejervarya kalinga Raj, Dinesh, Das, Dutta, Kar, and Mohapatra, 2018, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 118: 4. Holotype: ZSI/WRC/A/2018, by original designation. Type locality: "India, Odisha, Mahendragiri, Gajapati District (N 18.94162°, E 84.33361°), altitude 1210m ASL". 

Minervarya kalinga — Here (11 June 2018). Provisional assignment based on the assignment in the original publication to the Minervarya clade of the very recent Sanchez, Biju, Islam, Hasan, Ohler, Vences, and Kurabayashi, 2018, Salamandra, 54: 109–116. 

English Names

Kalinga Cricket frog (original publication). 

Kalinga Rice Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 4). 


Known with certainty from several localities in the state of Odisha such as Mahendragiri Hills, Gajapati district; Barbara RF, Khordha district; Rajanga, Hindol, Dhenkanal district; Potangi hills, Koraput district and Sorada, Ganjam district; in the state of Andhra Pradesh found in Sileru, Visakhapatnam district and Papikonda at Maredumilli, East Godavari district, 600 to 1200 m elevation in moist deciduous to semi-evergreen forest habitat; also reported from the Sirsi region (Karnataka, India) of the Western Ghats. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


The sister taxon of Minervarya keralensis (as Fejervarya) according to the original publication. Hegde, Dinesh, and Kadadevaru, 2020, Zootaxa, 4838: 210–220, reported the species (as Fejervarya) from the Sirsi region, Karnataka, India, and discussed the range. Garg and Biju, 2021, Asian Herpetol. Res., 12: 345–370, summarized the systematics (morphology and molecular markers) of this member of the Minervarya nilagirica group and mapped its distribution. Raj, Vasudevan, Aggarwal, Dutta, Sahoo, Mahapatra, Sharma, Janani, Kar, and Dubois, 2023, Alytes, 39–40: 23–26, reported on larval morphology of genetically-confirmed specimens from Andhra Pradesh, India.  

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