Amolops senchalensis Chanda, 1987 "1986"

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

Rana senchalensis Chanda, 1987 "1986", J. Bengal Nat. Hist. Soc., N.S.,, 5: 146. Holotype: ZSIC A8474 (formerly ZSI KZ 982) according to Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 111. Type locality: "Senchal Lake, Darjeeling district, West Bengal", India. Synonymy by Dubois, 2000, Dumerilia, 4: 33-98 (source is Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 111).

Amolops senchalensis — Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64.

English Names

Senchal Lake Frog (Rana senchalensisFrank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

Senchal Stream Frog (Amolops senchalensisDas and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 64).

Senchal Frog (Rana senchalensis [no longer recognized]: Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 133).


Known only from the type locality (West Bengal, India) with any certainty, but possibly much more widespread, including some or all of the records from northeastern India and Bangladesh. See comment. 


Indian populations of Amolops were orphaned from the synonymy of Amolops marmoratus by the work of Wang, Bhattarai, Wu, Che, and Siler, 2020, Zootaxa, 4819, where they had been placed on the basis of morphology by Dubois, 2000, Dumerilia, 4: 33–98 (source is Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 111). Because this nominal taxon has not been investigated using molecular techniques, it remains possible that it is (1) valid but with range poorly delimited; (2) a synonym of Amolops nepalicus; (3) a synonym of Amolops afghanus; or even a synonym of Amolops gerbillus. At this point it is anyone's guess (DRF). I have left possibly relevant literature under Amolops marmoratus for reasons of trying to not falsely imply accuracy in taxonomic assignment. Unassigned to species group and not mentioned by Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591.

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