Nyctibatrachus Boulenger, 1882

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Nyctibatrachidae > Subfamily: Nyctibatrachinae > Genus: Nyctibatrachus
34 species

Nyctibatrachus Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 113. Type species: Nyctibatrachus major Boulenger, 1882, by subsequent designation of Myers, 1942, Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington, 55: 54.

Nannobatrachus Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 470. Type species: Nannobatrachus beddomii Boulenger, 1882, by monotypy. Synonymy by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 68.

English Names

Night Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Wrinkled Frogs (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 8).


Western Ghats of southwestern India from southern Gujarat to southern Tamil Nadu.


Member of the sufamily Raninae, tribe Ranixalini, according to Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 68 (who subsequently treated this taxon as a subfamily, Ranixalinae; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 335). Dubois, Ohler, and Biju, 2001, Alytes, 19: 57, placed it in their Nyctibatrachinae (Ranidae). See comment under Nyctibatrachidae. Radhakrishnan, Dinesh, and Ravichandran, 2007, Zootaxa, 1595: 31–41, mapped the type localities of members of Nyctibatrachus and provided a key to the species. Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, and Bhatta, 2008, Zootaxa, 1914: 45–56, provided an updated key. Biju, Van Bocxlaer, Mahony, Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Zachariah, Giri, and Bossuyt, 2011, Zootaxa, 3029: 1–96, reviewed the genus and provided accounts for all species known at the time.  Gururaja, Dinesh, Priti, and Ravikanth, 2014, Zootaxa, 3796: 33–46, provided a molecular tree for the species as well. Priti, Anisha, and Gururaja, 2021, MtDNA, Part B, 6: 2468–2474, provided a ML tree of Nyctibatrachus species based on 16S mtDNA.  

Contained taxa (34 sp.):

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