Raorchestes beddomii (Günther, 1876)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Raorchestes > Species: Raorchestes beddomii

Ixalus beddomii Günther, 1876 "1875", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1875: 575. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.26.59–66, 1947.2.26.70–78, and 1947.2.26.80–84, according to XXX, and NHMW 22884 (according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 23). NHMW 22884.2 (the larger of two specimens), designated lectotype by Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 396. Type locality: "Malabar", India; corrected to "Atray Mallay, Travancore (4000 ft.)", Kerala, India, by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 102.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) beddomiiAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 79.

Philautus beddomiiGorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 166; Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 527.

Philautus (Philautus) beddomiiBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 27.

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

Raorchestes beddomiiBiju, Shouche, Dubois, Dutta, and Bossuyt, 2010, Curr. Sci., Bangalore, 98: 1120, by implication.

English Names

Beddome's Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 111).

Beddome's Bush Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 94; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 13).


Southern West Ghats of southwestern India in Kerala (Athirimala and Munnar) and Tamil Nadu (Kannikatti) at elevations of 120–460 m.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 148–151, provided a brief account. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 74–75, provided relevant literature and range. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 634, who noted a personal communication that records from the northern Western Ghats are now referred to Raorchestes glandulosus. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 374–444 [398–399], provided an account, distribution map, and discussed relationships. A very brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 126. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 168–169, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. 

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