Megophrys zunhebotoensis (Mathew and Sen, 2007)

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

Xenophrys zunhebotoensis Mathew and Sen, 2007, Cobra, Chennai, 1 (2): 20. Holotype: ZSI-E 771, by original designation. Type locality: "INDIA, Nagaland, Zunheboto district, Nguti (Sukhalu), (collected from a mountain stream with rocks and boulders) (N. 25° 58′ 45.1″, E 94° 30′ 24″), Alt. 1715 msl", northeastern India.

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

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

English Names

Zunheboto Horned Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 45).

Zunheboto's Horned Toad (Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 61).


Northeastern India in Nagaland (Zunheboto District in the north, and numerous localities in Kohima district in the south) and western Manipur (Churachandpur District), 810 to 1820 m elevation. 


Most similar to Megophrys serchhipii and Megophrys wuliangshanensis according to the original publication. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 61, 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. Kharkongor, Saikia, and Deb, 2018, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 118: 46, provided a record from Meghalaya, India. Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2020, J. Nat. Hist., London, 54: 119–194, provided a detailed account, rejected the Meghalaya records as likely referrable to some member of the Megophrys major species group, discussed misidentifications, greatly expanded the known range, and placed this in their Megophrys (Xenophrys) megacephala species group.  

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