Philautus kempiae (Boulenger, 1919)

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

Ixalus kempiae Boulenger, 1919, Rec. Indian Mus., 16: 208. Holotype: BMNH. Type locality: "Garo Hills, Assam . . . . above Tura", Meghalaya, India.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) kempiaeAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 53, 69.

Philautus kempiaeBourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 450–451; Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 91.

Philautus (Philautus) kempiaeBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 41.

Philautus kempiiChanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 158. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

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

Kemp's Bush Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 103; Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 96).

Tura Shrub Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 12).


Garo Hills of Meghalaya, northeastern India.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 158, provided a brief account. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 81, provided access to literature and range. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 96–97, provided a brief characterization and a photograph. Garg, Suyesh, Das, Bee, and Biju, 2021, PeerJ, 9 (e10791): 2, doubted that either 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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