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. Unassigned to species group by Wu, Yan, Stuart, Prendini, Suwannapoom, Dahn, Zhang, Cai, Xu, Jiang, Chen, Lemmon, Lemmon, Raxworthy, Orlov, Murphy, and Che, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 144 (106701): 1–13, who discussed molecular phylogenetics. 

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