Amolops gerbillus (Annandale, 1912)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amolops > Species: Amolops gerbillus

Rana gerbillus Annandale, 1912, Rec. Indian Mus., 8: 10. Holotype: ZSIC 16925, according to Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 69. Type locality: "Yembung, Abor foot-hills at an altitude of 1,100. ft. ", Arunachal Pradesh, India (in region claimed by China).

Ixalus argus Annandale, 1912, Rec. Indian Mus., 8: 16. Holotype: ZSIC 16950 according to Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 111. Type locality: "Upper Renging, Abor country", Arunachal Pradesh, India (in area claimed by China). Synonymy (with Polypedates afghana) by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 217; and Dubois, 1974, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 213: 356-357. Synonymy with Amolops marmoratus by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 340. The revision by Dever, Fuiten, Konu, and Wilkinson, 2012, Copeia, 2012: 57-76, logically removed this name from the synonymy of Amolops marmoratus, but did not address it. Considered a possible  synonym of Amolops gerbillus by Wang, Bhattarai, Wu, Che, and Siler, 2020, Zootaxa, 4819: 143–158. 

Rana (Hylorana) gerbillusBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 127-130.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) argus — Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 74.

Philautus argus — Inger, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 527; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 178.

Amolops gerbillusFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 165.

Amolops (Amolops) gerbillusDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

Rana gerbillusZhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 142.

English Names

Yembung Sucker Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97).

Gerbil Stream Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 68).

Small-eared Torrent Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 232).

Gerbil Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 108).

Gerbil's Stream Frog (Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 72).


Southern slope of Himalayas in southeastern Tibet (China), northern and northeastern India (Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, West Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh) and adjacent Myanmar; possibly in Bhutan and Nepal.


See account (as Rana gerbillus) by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 208, and (as Amolops gerbillus) by Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 232-233. Choudhury, Hussain, Buruah, Saikia, and Sengupta, 2002, Hamadryad, 26: 277-278, commented on the Indian range. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 108-113, provided a brief account (as Rana gerbillus). Sarkar, Biswas, and Ray, 1992, State Fauna Ser., 3: 80, provided a brief account for West Bengal, India. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 113, provided partial bibliography, systematic comments, and range in India. Ao, Bordoloi, and Ohler, 2003, Zoos' Print J., 18: 1117-1125, provided a specific locality for Nagaland, northeastern India. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Sarkar and Ray, 2006, In Alfred (ed.), Fauna of Arunachal Pradesh, Part 1: 295, provided a brief account (as Rana gerbillus) for Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India. Devi and Shamungou, 2006, J. Exp. Zool. India, 9: 317-324, and Ningombam and Bordoloi, 2007, Zoos' Print J., 22: 2688-2690, provided records for Manipur, northeastern India. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 72, provided a brief characterization and photographs. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1519-1521, provided an account, figures, and range map, and included the species in their Amolops monticola group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 397, provided a brief account. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 406, provided an account, illustration, and a range map for China. Che, Jiang, Yan, and Zhang, 2020, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 200–201, provided a detailed account for Tibet. 

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