Raorchestes nerostagona (Biju and Bossuyt, 2005)

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

Philautus nerostagona Biju and Bossuyt, 2005, Curr. Sci., Bangalore, 88: 175. Holotype: BNHM 4244, by original designation. Type locality: "at an altitude of 1000 m asl, from Kalpatta, 11° 38′ N, 76° 08′ E, North of the Palghat Gap, Wayanad district, Kerala, India".

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

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

English Names

Kalpatta Yellow Bush Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 106).

Water Droplet Call Canopy Bush Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 14).


Anamalai Hillis in the Wayanad and Palghat districts, Kerala, India, above 1000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


Vasudevan, Chaitra, and Aggarwal, 2007, Curr. Sci., Bangalore, 92: 281-282, criticised aspects of the original publication and doubted the generic assignement of this species. 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: 528. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 374-444 [428-429], 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: 145–148.  Mathew and Nameer, 2012, J. Threatened Taxa, 4: 3205–3214, reported the species from the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Palghat District, Kerala, South India, and provided some natural habitat information. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 198–199, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. 

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