Polypedates himalayensis (Annandale, 1912)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Polypedates > Species: Polypedates himalayensis

Rhacophorus maculatus himalayensis Annandale, 1912, Rec. Indian Mus., 8: 14. Types: ZSIC, according to Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 181, although not seen by him; MNHNP 1983.1170 invalidly designated neotype by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 85, in response to apparent non-availability of the ZSIC types. The neotype designation set aside by the discovery of the original types by Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: xxxx. ZSIC 16944 designated lectotype by Saikia, Bora, Sinha, and Purkayastha, 2020, Reptiles & Amphibians, 27: 517.  Type locality: "The Eastern Himalays, Assam, western China". Invalidly restricted by neotype designation to "Rakshe, 2000-2070 m, Est-Népal". Lectotype from "Kobo, alt. 4000 ft . . . . Abor Hills", Jonai Sub-Division, Dhemaji District, Assam, India" according to Saikia, Bora, Sinha, and Purkayastha, 2020, Reptiles & Amphibians, 27: 517. 

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) leucomystax himalayensis — Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 137.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) maculatus himalayensis — Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 84–85.

Polypedates himalayensis — Gogoi and Sengupta, 2017, Das (ed.), Diversity Ecol. Amph. India: 39. 

English Names

Himalayan Tree Frog (Polypedates maculatus himalayanusDas and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67).

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


Northeastern India, although currently known with confidence only from Assam, Meghalaya, extreme northern West Bengal, and Arunachal Pradesh; central Bhutan. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bhutan, India


Removed from the synonymy of Polypedates maculatus by Gogoi and Sengupta, 2017, Das (ed.), Diversity Ecol. Amph. India: 34 (who reported on call and comparative morphology) where it had been placed by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 84–85. Saikia, Bora, Sinha, and Purkayastha, 2020, Reptiles & Amphibians, 27: 517–518, discussed the location of the type locality and the nomenclatural history of the species. Pradhan, Yonle, and Bhutia, 2018, Asian J. Conserv. Biol., 7: 66–72. reported the species from Takdah Cantonment on the outskirts of Darjeeling, in the Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal, India, 1440 to 1650 m elevation. Tshewang and Letro, 2018, J. Threatened Taxa, 10: , reported the species from Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park in central Bhutan.

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