Leptobrachium rakhinense Wogan, 2012

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Leptobrachiinae > Genus: Leptobrachium > Species: Leptobrachium rakhinense

Leptobrachium rakhinensis Wogan, 2012, Zootaxa, 3415: 27. Holotype: CAS 222296, by original designation. Type locality: "Myanmar, Rakhine State, Gwa Township, Rakhine Yoma Elephant Sanctuary (N 17° 42′ 14.0″ E 94° 38′ 54.3″)".

Leptobrachium rakhinense — Pawangkhanant, Poyarkov, Duong, Naiduangchan, and Suwannapoom, 2018, PeerJ, 6 (e3584): 2, correction in gender of the species name. 

English Names

None noted. 


Rakhine Hills (Rakhine and Bago states) in Myanmar; reported from northeastern India (Meghalaya and Mizoram) and Bangladesh, but see comment. 


Confused with Leptobrachium hasseltii prior to its naming according to the original publication. See comment under Leptobrachium hasseltii. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 7–8, provided an account for the Indian population, as Leptobrachium hasseltii. Lalremsanga, Sailo, and Hooroo, 2007, Herpetol. Rev., 38: 98, provided the record (as Leptobrachium smithi) for Mizoram, India. Ahmed, Das, and Dutta, 2009, Amph. Rept. NE India: 28, provided a brief account (as Leptobrachium smithi) for northeastern India.Mahony, Hasan, Kabir, Ahmed, and Hossain, 2009, Hamadryad, 34: 80–94, provided a record (as Leptobrachium smithi) for Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. Wogan, 2012, Zootaxa, 3415: 32–33, discussed the identifications of specimens from India and Bangladesh and reassigned several records of Leptobrachium smithi to this species. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 51–52, provided a brief characterization (as Leptobrachium smithi) and photographs. Mathew and Sen, 2010 "2009", Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 109: 95–97, provided (as Leptobrachium smithi) measurements from Meghalaya, northeastern India. Dutta, Das, Dutta, Gogoi, and Sengupta, 2013, Tropical Nat. Hist., Thailand, 13: 87–95, suggested on the basis of morphological comparisons that the putative records from northeastern India are referable to Leptobrachium smithi. Subsequently, Al-Razi, Maria, and Poyarkov, 2021, J. Nat. Hist., London, 55: 85–114, named Leptobrachium sylheticum from Sylhet Divison of Bangladesh and adjacent Tripura, northeastern India, suggesting that this may resolve the problem. These authors also included Leptobrachium rakinense as part of the Leptobrachium smithii complex.  Pawangkhanant, Poyarkov, Duong, Naiduangchan, and Suwannapoom, 2018, PeerJ, 6 (e3584): 1–27, provided a dot map for Myanmar, genetically-confirmed localities, and comparative morphological information.

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