Philautus vermiculatus (Boulenger, 1900)

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

Ixalus vermiculatus Boulenger, 1900, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 6: 187. Syntypes: (3 specimens) BMNH and Selangor Mus., Kuala Lumpur. BMNH 1947.2.27.43 considered holotype (implied fixation as lectotype) by Dring, 1987, Amphibia-Reptilia, 8: 47, and formally designated lectotype by Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 37, and described by them on page 81. Type locality: "Larut Hills at 4000 feet", Perak, Malaya (Malaysia).

Ixalus brevipes Boulenger, 1908, J. Fed. Malay States Mus., 3: 63. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.6.22 (formerly 1906.2.28.51) according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 39. Type locality: "Gunong Tahan, [Pahang,] at 3000 ft. [elevation]", Malaya, Malaysia. Synonymy by Smith, 1930, Bull. Raffles Mus., 3: 116; Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 458.

Philautus brevipesSmith, 1922, J. Fed. Malay States Mus., 10: 279.

Philautus vermiculatusSmith, 1930, Bull. Raffles Mus., 3: 115; Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 458.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) brevipesAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 54, 80.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) vermiculatusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 95.

Philautus (Philautus) vermiculatusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 37.

English Names

Perak Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 113).

Vermiculate Bushfrog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 150).

Vermiculated Shrub Frog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 58). 


Extreme southern peninsular Thailand (Narathiwat Province) and Malaya.


Discussed by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 458-459. See accounts in Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 95-96, and Dring, 1979, Bull. Brit. Mus. (Nat. Hist.), Zool., 34: 208-210 (who placed it in a different group of species from Philautus aurifasciatus). Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 86, regarded this taxon as likely conspecific with Philautus aurifasciatus. See identification table by Manthey and Grossmann, 1997, Amph. Rept. Südostasiens: 122-123, to compare this species to other rhacophorids of the Sunda Shelf region. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 150-151, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Sumarli, Grismer, Anuar, Muin, and Quah, 2015, Check List, 11(4, Art. 1679): 14 reported specimens from Mount Tebu, Terregganu, West Malaysia, and briefly reported on their morphology and habitat. Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 58, suggested that records from Thailand of Philautus aurifasciatus appear to be based on misidentifications of this species. See that record for relevant literature. 

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