Raorchestes charius (Rao, 1937)

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

Philautus charius Rao, 1937, Proc. Indian Acad. Sci., Ser. B, 6: 405. Holotype: CCB; now lost according to Dubois, 1984, Alytes, 3: 157; Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 48, who designated MNHNP 1999.5597 neotype and described it on page 82-83. Type locality: "Kottigehar, Kadur", Karnataka, India. Neotype from "Chikmalagur (roughly 35 km North-East of Kottigehar, Karnataka", India.

Philautus (Philautus) chariusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 48.

Kirtixalus chariusYu, Rao, Zhang, and Yang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 50: 578.

Pseudophilautus chariusLi, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 511.

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

English Names

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

Seshachar's Bush Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 96).

Chari's Bush Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 153).


Southwestern India in the Western Ghats (Chikmagalur, Muthodi, Mercara, and Kottigehara in Karnataka, India, 800–1200 m elevation.


See accounts by Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1985 "1984", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 552 and Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 152-153. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 76, provided relevant literature and range. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 144-146, provided an account. 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: 520. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 374-444 [402-403], provided an account, distribution map, and discussed relationships. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 130. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 174–175, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. See comment under Raorchestes kollimalai.  

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