Uperodon montanus (Jerdon, 1853)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Microhylinae > Genus: Uperodon > Species: Uperodon montanus

Hylaedactylus montanus Jerdon, 1853, J. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 22: 533. Type(s): Not stated; presumably ZSIC; reported as lost by Jerdon, 1870, Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1870: 67; BMNH 72.4.29.1795 stated to be holotype by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 92,  this redescribed by Garg, Senevirathne, Wijayathilaka, Phuge, Deuti, Manamendra-Arachchi, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018, Zootaxa, 4384: 28. Type locality: "Mountain streams in Wynaad", Kerala, India.

Ramanella montanaParker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 91.

Uperodon montanus — Peloso, Frost, Richards, Rodrigues, Donnellan, Matsui, Raxworthy, Biju, Lemmon, Lemmon, and Wheeler, 2016, Cladistics, 32: 140. 

English Names

Mountain Dot Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 92).

Jerdon's Ramanella (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 98; Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 58).

Malabar Hill Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 44).

Jerdon's Narrow-mouthed Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 129).

Mountain Globular Frog (Garg, Senevirathne, Wijayathilaka, Phuge, Deuti, Manamendra-Arachchi, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018, Zootaxa, 4384: 28). 

Distribution

Western Ghats of southwestern India in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, 800 to 1700 m elevation, possibly into southern Karnataka. 

Comment

Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 64, and Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 9, noted the disjunct range of this likely composite species. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 44, provided a brief account. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 129-131, provided an account. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted two larval descriptions in the literature of varying completeness. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 626, who provided a personal communication from S.D. Biju that this taxon is likely a species complex. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map for the Western Ghats provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 73. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 94–95, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. See account by Garg, Senevirathne, Wijayathilaka, Phuge, Deuti, Manamendra-Arachchi, Meegaskumbura, and Biju, 2018, Zootaxa, 4384: 28–29, who revised and redelimited the species. Sreekumar and Dinesh, 2020, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 120: 33–40, noted that records from Maharashtra, India, are in error.  

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.