Minervarya nicobariensis (Stoliczka, 1870)

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

Rana gracilis var. nicobariensis Stoliczka, 1870, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 39: 144. Syntypes: Implied by original description to be in ZSIC; ZSIC 2679 regarded as holotype by Sclater, 1892, List Batr. Indian Mus.: 5; reported as lost by Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 154. Type locality: "Nicobars, in the neighbourhood of the Nancowri harbour".

Lymnodytes nicobariensisMason, 1882, Burma, Ed. 3: 291.

Limnonectes (Fejervarya) nicobariensisDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 61, by implication.

Fejervarya nicobariensisDubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35; Fei, Ye, Jiang, and Xie, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 93.

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

English Names

Nicobar Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 20).

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


Known only from the Nicobar Archipelago of India: Central Nicobar (Bompoka Is., Kamorta Is., Nancowry Is., and Katchal Is.) and South Nicobar (Little Nicobar and Great Nicobar).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


Removed provisionally from the synonymy of Fejervarya andamanensis by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 61, where it had been placed by Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 154. Sarkar and Ray, 2006, In Alfred (ed.), Fauna of Arunachal Pradesh, Part 1: 297, provided a questionable report for Arunachal Pradesh, as well as for West Bengal. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Garg and Biju, 2021, Asian Herpetol. Res., 12: 345–370, summarized the systematics (morphology and molecular markers) of this member of the Minervarya andamanensis group and mapped its distribution. See discussion by Garg, Sivaperuman, Gokulakrishnan, Gopika, Das, and Biju, 2022, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 72: 191–194, regarding range, relationships, and literature.

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