Megophrys serchhipii (Mathew and Sen, 2007)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Megophryinae > Genus: Megophrys > Species: Megophrys serchhipii

Xenophrys serchhipii Mathew and Sen, 2007, Cobra, Chennai, 1 (2): 21. Holotype: ZSI-E 773, by original designation. Type locality: "INDIA: Mizoram, Serchhip district, Serchhip, Agriculture Guest House compound (N. 23° 20′ 31.6″, E. 92° 50?′ [sic] 46.6″, Alt. 880 m above msl", northeastern India.

Megophrys serchhipiiMahony, Sengupta, Kamei, and Biju, 2011, Zootaxa, 3059: 43.

Xenophrys serchhipii — Chen, Zhou, Poyarkov, Stuart, Brown, Lathrop, Wang, Yuan, Jiang, Hou, Chen, Suwannapoom, Nguyen, Duong, Papenfuss, Murphy, Zhang, and Che, 2016, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 106: 41.

Megophrys (Xenophrys) serchhipii — Mahony, Foley, Biju, and Teeling, 2017, Mol. Biol. Evol., 34: 756. 

English Names

Serchhipii Horned Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 44).

Serchhip's Horned Toad (Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 59).

Common Warty Horned Frog (Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2020, J. Nat. Hist., London, 54: 119). 

Distribution

Found between 85 and 925 m elevation from the West Garo Hills district, Meghalaya, in the west, east along the southern foothills of the Shillong Plateau, into Kohima district in southern Nagaland state in the north, south through Manipur and Tripura states, into Mizoram state, India, and the adjacent Chittagong Hill Tracts of southeastern Bangladesh; likely to be found in hilly areas of southern Assam (India) and adjacent areas of southwestern Myanmar at similar elevations.

Comment

Most similar to Megophrys zunhebotoensis and Megophrys wuliangshanensis according to the original publication. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 59-60, provided a brief characterization and photographs. Mahony, Sengupta, Kamei, and Biju, 2011, Zootaxa, 3059: 43, commented on the insufficiencies of the original publication and diagnosis. Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2020, J. Nat. Hist., London, 54: 119–194, provided a detailed account, discussed misidentifications, greatly expanded the known range, and placed this in their Megophrys (Xenophrys) megacephala species group. 

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