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 according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 22. 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. 


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 Jayawardena, Senevirathne, Wijayathilaka, Ukuwela, Manamendra-Arachchi, and Meegaskumbura, 2017, Ceylon J. Sci., 46 (Special issue): 48. 

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