Minervarya sauriceps (Rao, 1937)

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

Rana (Hylorana) sauriceps Rao, 1937, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci., Ser. B, 6: 396. Holotype: CCB; now lost according to Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 155. Type locality: "Wattekole, Coorg [Mysore], S. India".

Rana (Fejervarya) sauricepsDubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 155.

Limnonectes (Fejervarya) sauricepsDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 61.

Fejervarya sauricepsIskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 71, by implication; Dubois and Ohler, 2000, Alytes, 18: 35; Fei, Ye, Jiang, and Xie, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 93; Dinesh, Vijayakumar, Channakeshavamurthy, Torsekar, Kulkarni, and Shanker, 2015, Zootaxa, 3999: 79. 

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

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

English Names

Mysore Wart Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 100; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 22).

Lizard-headed Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65).


Known only from the type locality (Mysore, Karnataka), southern India.


Subgenus Hylarana according to the original publication, but Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 155, on the basis of the illustration, suggested that it resembled a member of the subgenus Fejervarya. Considered incertae sedis within Fejervarya by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 61, without discussion. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 132, provided a brief account (as Rana sauriceps). Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Considered as "invalid" according to Matsui, Toda, and Ota, 2008 "2007", Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 26: 73, but without associating the name with a known living population. Purkayastha and Matsui, 2012, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 2, 3: 32, also reported this taxon as "invalid". A very brief characterization (as Fejervarya sauriceps) and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 54. 

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