Clinotarsus Mivart, 1869

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Clinotarsus
3 species

Clinotarsus Mivart, 1869, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1869: 228. Substitute name for Pachybatrachus Mivart, 1869.

Pachybatrachus Mivart, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 557. Type species; Pachybatrachus robustus Mivart, 1869, by monotypy. Preoccupied by Pachybatrachus Keferstein, 1868. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 7.

Nasirana Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328. Type species: Rana alticola Boulenger, 1882, by original designation. Proposed as a subgenus of Rana. Synonymy with Clinotarsus by Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 58.

English Names

None noted.


Western Ghats of southwestern India to northern Bangladesh, possibly into Bhutan and Nepal; peninsular Myanmar and northern peninsular Thailand. .


Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 139, suggested that Clinotarsus curtipes is the sister taxon of Meristogenys as did Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13. Previously placed in the section Hylarana, subsection Hylarana, sole member of the subgenus Clinotarsus of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328. Matsui, Shimada, Ota, and Tanaka-Ueno, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 37: 733-742, found Nasirana (as Rana [Nasirana] alticola) as the sister taxon of a cluster of species assigned by Frost et al. (2006) to Sylvirana, Humerana, and Hylarana. Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 54, recovered Nasirana as the sister taxon of Clinotarsus and considered Nasirana a synonym of Clinotarsus. Wiens, Sukumaran, Pyron, and Brown, 2009, Evolution, 63: 1217-1231, corroborated the results of Stuart (2008). Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences confirmed Clinotarsus as rendering Huia paraphyletic, but this result was obscured by the employment of an antiquated taxonomy.

Contained taxa (3 sp.):

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