Raorchestes flaviventris (Boulenger, 1882)

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

Ixalus flaviventris Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 105. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.27.2–7, 1947.2.26.94, 1947.2.27.1, 1947.2.26.98–99, according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 30, who designated BMNH 1947.2.26.98 as lectotype and described it on page 73–74. Type locality: "Malabar", India. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 8, noted the imprecision of this type locality.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) flaviventrisAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 78.

Philautus flaviventrisGorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 166; Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 528.

Philautus (Philautus) flaviventrisBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 30.

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

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

Raorchestes emeraldi Vijayakumar, Dinesh, Prabhu, and Shanker, 2014, Zootaxa, 3893: 470. Holotype: ZSI/WGRC/V/A/873, by original designation. Type locality: "a site (10.3690 N, 76.9948 E) in a wet evergreen forest fragment, Valparai Plateau, Anaimalai Massif (...), [Tamil Nadu,] Peninsular India". Synonymy by Abraham, Zachariah, and Cyriac, 2015, Zootaxa, 4048: 90. 

English Names

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

Yellow-bellied Bush Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 66; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 13).


Higher elevation (1249–1488 m) wet evergreen forests of the Anaimalai Massif, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, India. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 155–156, provided a brief account (as Philautus flaviventris) and (as Philautus hassanensis) on page 157. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 78, provided access to literature and range. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 413–414, provided an account, distribution map, and discussed relationships, as Philautus hassanensis. A brief characterization provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 137. Abraham, Zachariah, and Cyriac, 2015, Zootaxa, 4048: 90–100, discussed the status of this species. 

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