Pelodytes caucasicus Boulenger, 1896

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pelodytidae > Genus: Pelodytes > Species: Pelodytes caucasicus

Pelodytes caucasicus Boulenger, 1896, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 17: 406. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation; BMNH 1947.2.25.65 (formerly numbered 1896.3.28.5) by museum records. Type locality: "Mount Lomis, Caucasus, 7000 feet", near Bakuriani, Georgia.

Pelodytopsis caucasicaNikolskii, 1896, Annu. Mus. Zool. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, 1: 138.

Pelodytes punctatus caucasicusTerentjev, 1949, Nauchnyi Biull. Leningrad. Univ., 23: 34.

Pelodytopsis caucasicus — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 135. Arbitrary erection of a monotypic genus. 

English Names

Caucasus Parsley Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96; Tarkhnishvili and Gokhelashvili, 1999, Adv. Amph. Res. Former Soviet Union, 4: v).

Caucasian Parsley Frog (Stumpel-Rienks, 1992, Ergänzungsband Handbuch Rept. Amph. Eur., Trivialnamen der Herpetofauna Eur.: 53; Kuzmin, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 115; Kuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 225).


Generally associated with broad-leaved and mixed coniferous-deciduous forest from the northwestern Caucasus and western Transcaucasia of extreme northern Azerbaijan, Russia and Georgia, and adjacent northeastern Türkiye from Trabzon province to the east.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russia, Türkiye


See accounts by Başoğlu and Özeti, 1973, Türkiye Amphibileri: 82–84, Golubev, 1980, Vestn. Zool., Kiev, 1980: 52–55; and Kuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 225–230. Kuzmin, 1997, in Gasc et al. (eds.), Atlas Amph. Rept. Eur.: 114–115, discussed relevant literature and distribution. Özeti and Yilmaz, 1994, Türkiye Amfibileri: 120–123, provided an account for Turkish populations. Kaya, 2002, Israel J. Ecol. Evol., 48: 263–274, described the advertisement call. Beşir and Gül, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 45–51, provided a dot map for Rize Province, northeastern Türkiye. Çiçek, Yakin, Afsar, Ayaz, and Tok, 2019, Acta Biol. Turcica, 32: 37–41, provided new localities in Türkiye and a dot map for the species' range. See Dufresnes, 2019, Amph. Eur., N. Afr., & Middle East: 51, for brief summary of identifying morphology and biology, a range map, as well as a photograph. Litvinchuk and Kidov, 2018, Nat. Conserv. Res., 3 (Suppl. 1): 51–60, discussed the distribution and conservation status and provided a dot map. Kuzmin, 2013, Amph. Former Soviet Union, Ed. 2: 131–133, provided an account for the former USSR. Ergül Kalaycı, Gümüşsoy, and Gül, 2021, J. Anatol. Environ. Animal Sci., 6: 712–716, reported on morphological variation in Anatolia, Türkiye. Yaşar, Çiçek, Mulder, and Tok, 2021, North-West. J. Zool., Romania, 17(e201512): 232–275, discussed and grid-mapped the range in Türkiye. Gasimova, 2021, Biharean Biol., 15: 112–116, discussed the range in Azerbaijan, and provided a dot map. Ergül Kalaycı and Gümüşsoy, 2022, Zool. Middle East, 68: 218–224, reported on  the genetic diversity of the species and its placement as the sister taxon of the remaining species of Pelodytes

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