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 Turkey from Trabzon province to the east.


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 Turkey. Çiçek, Yakin, Afsar, Ayaz, and Tok, 2019, Acta Biol. Turcica, 32: 37–41, provided new localities in Turkey 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, Turkey. 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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