Nanorana vicina (Stoliczka, 1872)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Nanorana > Species: Nanorana vicina

English Names

Himalaya Paa Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Stoliczka's Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66).

Murree Frog (Khan, 2002, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 37: 161; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 33).

Himalayan Hill Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 5). 

Murree Hills Frog (Rais, Abbassi, Gill, Munir, Razzaq, and Islam, 2023, Russ. J. Herpetol., 30: 191). 


Himalayan front of north-central Pakistan from Punjab and Azad Jammu and Kashmir into India (Kashmir, Himanchal Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India, Pakistan


Discussed by Dubois, 1980 "1978", C. R. Séances Soc. Biogeogr., 55: 167–169. See comment under Nanorana pleskei. Removed from the synonymy of Rana blanfordii, by Annandale, 1909, Rec. Indian Mus., 3: 282, where it had been placed by Boulenger, 1905, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 16: 640. Annandale, in the same paper considered Rana vicina to be a synonym of Rana liebigii (following Boulenger, 1890, Fauna Brit. India, Rept. Batr.: 445, who suggested this as a possibly synonymy). Removed from the synonymy of Rana assamensis by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 85, where it had been placed by Annandale, 1917, Mem. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 6: 137. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 142, provided a brief account (as Rana vicina). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 140–141, provided range, systematic comments, and partial taxonomic bibliography. Khan, 2006, Amph. Rept. Pakistan: 65–66, provided an account for Pakistan. Mehta, 2005, in Alfred (ed.), Fauna W. Himalaya, Part 2: 270, reported the species in Himanchal Pradesh, India, without noting specific localities. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted one larval description and figure in the literature.  Not addressed, and therefore not assigned to subgenus, by Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107: 13765–13770, and Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2. Masroor, 2012, Contr. Herpetol. N. Pakistan: 65–66, provided an account for northern Pakistan. Gill, Rais, Safeed, Ahmed, and Akram, 2020, Zootaxa, 4759: 440–442, described larval morphology. Akram, Rais, López-Hervas, Tarvin, Saeed, Bolnick, and Cannatella, 2021, Ecol. Evol., 11: 14175–14216, provided genetically confirmed localities from Punjab, Pakistan, and briefly discussed the species' systematics. Rais, Ahmed, Sajjad, Akram, Saeed, Hamid, and Abid, 2021, ZooKeys, 1062: 157–175, included this species in an identification key to the amphibian species of Pakistan as well as providing a photograph. Raj, Vasudevan, Aggarwal, Dutta, Sahoo, Mahapatra, Sharma, Janani, Kar, and Dubois, 2023, Alytes, 39–40: 40–44, reported (as Paa vicina) on larval morphology of genetically-confirmed specimens from Himanchal Pradesh, India. Rais, Abbassi, Gill, Munir, Razzaq, and Islam, 2023, Russ. J. Herpetol., 30: 191–196, discussed the range and conservation status of the species in Pakistan. 

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