Pseudophilautus nasutus (Günther, 1869)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Pseudophilautus > Species: Pseudophilautus nasutus

Ixalus nasutus Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 484. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.6.21 (formerly 1868.3.14.34) according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 22, and museum records. Type locality: "Southern Ceylon [= Sri Lanka]".

Rhacophorus (Philautus) nasutusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 54, 85.

Philautus nassutusRao, 1937, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci., Ser. B, 6: 422. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Philautus nasutusKirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 73.

Rhacophorus nasutusSenanayake, 1968 "1967", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 64: 565.

Philautus (Philautus) nasutusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 72.

Pseudophilautus nasutusLi, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 519. Provisional change by implication.

English Names

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

Sharp-nosed Bush Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 152; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 105).


Southern Sri Lanka; high elevations of the Western Ghats in the states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India, Sri Lanka


See account by Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 151–155, who noted that discussion by Kirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 73–74, was based on Polypedates longinasus. Suggested as a possible synonym of Rhacophorus eques by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 183 (and accepted by Kirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 61); this was rejected by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 72. Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12: 200, provided an account and noted this species to resemble Philautus adspersus, Philautus halyi, and Philautus dimbullae. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 84, provided systematic notes, access to literature, and range. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 152–153, provided an account for India. See also Senanayake, 1968 "1967", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 64: 565–569. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 141, who regarded records from Indian as based on misidentifications and suggested that the species is extinct. Regarded as extinct by Batuwita, Udugampala, De Silva, Diao, and Edirisinghe, 2019, J. Anim. Diversity, 1: 48, and Jayawardena, Senevirathne, Wijayathilaka, Ukuwela, Manamendra-Arachchi, and Meegaskumbura, 2017, Ceylon J. Sci., 46 (Special issue): 48. 

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