Amolops nepalicus Yang, 1991

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

Amolops nepalicus Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 23. Holotype: UMMZ 132063, by original designation. Type locality: "Sabhaya, Kbota, Nepal"; data associated with the specimen are actually "2 km E of Barabise 2200 ft (Barabise is on Sabhaya [= Sabha] Khola, tributary of Arun River, ca 3 km NE of Kandari", Nepal, according to G. Schneider (personal comm.) and Wang, Bhattarai, Wu, Che, and Siler, 2020, Zootaxa, 4819: 147, who noted the type locality to be at roughly at 27°25′34″N, 87°18′23″E, WGS 84. 

English Names

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

Nepal Cascade Frog (Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 79).


Known  from the type locality (Sabha Khola) and Dobhan, both in the Sankhuwasabha District, as well as Ilam and Taplejung districts, eastern Nepal. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Nepal

Endemic: Nepal


Formerly in the synonymy of Amolops marmoratus, where it had been placed by Dubois, 2000, in Miehe and Zhang (eds.), Environm. Changes in High Asia: 331, and Dubois, 2004, Alytes, 21: 176. The revision by Dever, Fuiten, Konu, and Wilkinson, 2012, Copeia, 2012: 57-76, vitiated this synonymy but did not address it. Formally removed from that synonymy by Khatiwada, Shu, Wang, Zhao, Xie, and Jiang, 2020, Asian Herpetol. Res., 11: 71–94, who discussed its taxonomy and found it to be the sister taxon of Amolops panhai and by Wang, Bhattarai, Wu, Che, and Siler, 2020, Zootaxa, 4819: 143–158, who redescribed the holotype and provided a detailed account. Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 207–211, provided an account for the Nepal population (in the sense of also including Amolops mahabharatensis), as Amolops marmoratus. See Shah and Tiwari, 2004, Herpetofauna Nepal: 50, for brief accounts for Nepal. Khatiwada, Wang, Zhao, Xie, and Jiang, 2021, Asian Herpetol. Res., 12: 1–35, discussed the genetics of the Nepal population. In the Amolops marmoratus group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591. Mahony, Nidup, Streicher, Teeling, and Kamei, 2022, Herpetol. J., 32: 147, provided DNA-confirmed records from Ilam and Taplejung Districts, eastern Nepal.  

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