Minervarya nilagirica (Jerdon, 1853)

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

Rana nilagirica Jerdon, 1853, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 22: 522-534. Type(s): Originally in ZSIC; reported as lost by Jerdon, 1870, Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1870: 67; nevertheless because Dubois thought that the specimens were extant and because the ZSIC did not allow external use of these specimens, MNHNP 1984.2340 was designated neotype by Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 149. Type locality: "marshes in the Wynaad and Neelgherries", South India; restricted by neotype designation to "Governor Shola, à 4 km d'Udhagamangalam en direction de Porthimund, Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu, Inde" by Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 149.

Rana limnocharis nilagiricaAnnandale, 1917, Mem. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 6: 134.

Rana (Fejervarya) nilagirica — Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 149.

Euphlyctis limnocharis nilagiricaPoynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 124, by implication.

Limnonectes (Fejervarya) nilagiricaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 61. Provisional placement in Fejervarya.

Fejervarya nilagiricusIskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 71, by implication; Dubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35; Fei, Ye, Jiang, and Xie, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 92; Dinesh, Vijayakumar, Channakeshavamurthy, Torsekar, Kulkarni, and Shanker, 2015, Zootaxa, 3999: 79. 

Zakerana nilagiricaHowlader, 2011, Bangladesh Wildl. Bull., 5: 2.

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

English Names

Nilgiris Wart Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100).

Nilgiri Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 20).


Wynaad (Kerala) and Nilgiri Hills (Tamil Nadu), southern Western Ghats of India, 800-1600 m elevation.


Resurrected from synonymy of Fejervarya limnocharis by Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 149 (as Rana limnocharis), where it had been placed by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 28 (considered a junior synonym of Rana gracilis by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 28). See comment under Fejervarya brevipalmata and Fejervarya mysorensis. Considered a junior synonym of Rana kuhlii by Theobald, 1868, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 37: 80. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 132-133, provided range and systematic comments. Kotaki, Kurabayashi, Matsui, Khonsue, Tjong, Tandon, and Sumida, 2008, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 25: 381-390, considered this species to be in their Fejervarya syhadrensis group. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted one abbreviated larval description in the literature. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 479. A very brief characterization (as Fejervarya nilagirica), photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 51. Sreekumar and Dinesh, 2020, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 120: 33–40, noted that records from Maharashtra, India, are in error. Patel and Vyas, 2020, J. Anim. Diversity, 2: 12, suggested that records from Gujarat, India, are based on misidentifications.    

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