Microhyla taraiensis Khatiwada, Shu, Wang, Thapa, Wang, and Jiang, 2017

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Microhyla > Species: Microhyla taraiensis

Microhyla taraiensis Khatiwada, Shu, Wang, Thapa, Wang, and Jiang, 2017, Zootaxa, 4254: 225. Holotype: NHM-TU-17A-0110, by original designation. Type locality: "a paddy field in Jamun Khadi, Jhapa district, Nepal, 26.65358°N & 87.91161°E; elevation 119 m asl". Zoobank publication registration: FA412A05-7C7E-40AA-9958-A54989248415

English Names

Tarai Narrow-mouthed Frog (original publication). 


Known only from the type locality (Jamun Khadi, Jhapa district, Nepal) and Nayagram, Jhargram District, West Bengal, India, although presumably to be found more widely, including adjoining Bihar, India. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India, Nepal


The sister taxon of Microhyla ornata + Microhyla nilphamariensis according to the original publication, where the unique vocalization and external morphology were described. In the Microhyla ornata species group of Garg, Suyesh, Das, Jiang, Wijayathilaka, Amarasinghe, Alhadi, Vineeth, Aravind, Senevirathne, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018 "2019", Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 69: 1–71. Gorin, Solovyeva, Hasan, Okamiya, Karunarathna, Pawangkhanant, de Silva, Juthong, Milto, Nguyen, Suwannapoom, Haas, Bickford, Das, and Poyarkov, 2020, PeerJ, 8 (e9411): 1–47, placed this species in their Microhyla ornata group. Khatiwada, Wang, Zhao, Xie, and Jiang, 2021, Asian Herpetol. Res., 12: 1–35, discussed the genetics of the Nepal population. Pratihar and Deuti, 2023, J. Asiat. Soc., Kolkata, 65: 118, provided, pictured, and discussed a record from Nayagram (22°03’ 22N, 87°09’ 07E) in Jhargram District, West Bengal, India. 


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