Nyctibatrachus beddomii (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Nyctibatrachidae > Subfamily: Nyctibatrachinae > Genus: Nyctibatrachus > Species: Nyctibatrachus beddomii

Nannobatrachus beddomii Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 470. Syntypes: BMNH (several specimens, not traced), MCZ 2905–07 (on exchange from BMNH, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 307), and FMNH 73344 (according to Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 145). Type locality: "Malabar" and "Tinnevelly [= Tirunelveli]", India.

Nyctibatrachus beddomiiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 68; Biju, Van Bocxlaer, Giri, Roelants, Nagaraju, and Bossuyt, 2007, Curr. Sci., Bangalore, 93: 855.

English Names

Beddome's Night Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 62; Biju, Van Bocxlaer, Mahony, Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Zachariah, Giri, and Bossuyt, 2011, Zootaxa, 3029: 20).

Pigmy Wrinkled Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65; Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 220).

Tirunvelveli's Hill Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 66).

Beddome's Dwarf Wrinkled Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 220).


Known only from Athirimala and Ponmudi of Kerala state, Sengaltheri and "Tinnevelly" of Tamil Nadu, 400–1800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


See corrigenda to description in Boulenger, 1883, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 12: 163. Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1984, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 412–414, provided a brief account. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 16, noted the range. See brief account by Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 66–68. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 145–146, provided range, systematic comments, and partial taxonomic bibliography. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 220–222, provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 487. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Biju, Van Bocxlaer, Mahony, Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Zachariah, Giri, and Bossuyt, 2011, Zootaxa, 3029: 20–22, provided an account and redelimited the species diagnosis and its range. In the "southern clade", Nyctibatrachus beddomii group, of Van Bocxlaer, Biju, Willaert, Giri, Shouche, and Bossuyt, 2012, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 62: 839–847. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 80.

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