Philautus dubius (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Philautus > Species: Philautus dubius

Ixalus jerdonii Günther, 1876 "1875", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1875: 575. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.7.86 (formerly 1872.4.17.172) according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 26. Type locality: "Darjeeling", West Bengal, India, although noted as "possible that this is the same specimen mentioned by Jerdon as having been found by him 'in the Khasis,' Proc. As. Soc. Beng. 1870, p. 85". Given as "Darjeeling", West Bengal, India, by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 81, and pl. 8, fig. 2. Secondary homonym of Polypedates jerdonii Günther, 1875, according to Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 81 (by implication), Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 92; Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 137–217.

Rhacophorus dubius Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 81. Replacement name for Ixalus jerdonii Günther, 1875.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) dubiusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 55, 93.

Philautus (Kirtixalus) dubiusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 73.

Philautus jerdoniiSarkar, Biswas, and Ray, 1992, State Fauna Ser., 3: 90.

Rhacophorus dubiusDas and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66. Undiscussed taxonomic change.

Philautus (Philautus) dubiusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 26.

Raorchestes dubius —  Subba, Aravind, and Ravikanth, 2016, Check List, 13(1: 2033): 12, In error. 

English Names

Darjeeling Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 112).

Boulenger's Tree Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 98).

Günther's Micro Tree Frog (Rhacophorus jerdonii [no longer recognized]: Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 175).

Distribution

Apparently from the arguable type locality in northeastern India (West Bengal or Meghalaya).

Comment

Resurrected from the synonymy of Philautus jerdonii by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 73, where it had been placed by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 172. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 172, provided a brief account (as Rhacophorus dubius) and on page 157–158, 216–217 (as Rhacophorus jerdonii). Sarkar, Biswas, and Ray, 1992, State Fauna Ser., 3: 90–91, provided a brief account (as Philautus jerdonii) for West Bengal, India. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 90. Subba, Aravind, and Ravikanth, 2016, Check List, 13(1: 2033): 12, considered the presence of this species (as Raorchestes dubius) in Sikkim, India, to be doubtful. Garg, Suyesh, Das, Bee, and Biju, 2021, PeerJ, 9 (e10791): 2, doubted that this species is actually a member of Philautus or possibly a synonym of some non-Philautus species; it is uncear which from their statement. 

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