Raorchestes travancoricus (Boulenger, 1891)

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

Ixalus travancoricus Boulenger, 1891, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 8: 291. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.6.20 (formerly 1891.7.2.15) according to Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 532. Type locality: "Bodanaikanur [= Bedaraikanur = Bodinaikenur= Bodinayakanur], Travancore, at the foot of the hills on the eastern side", Tamil Nadu, India.

Rhacophorus (Philautus) travancoricusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 54, 79.

Philautus travancoricusGorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 167; Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 532.

Philautus (Philautus) travancoricusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 33.

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

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

English Names

Travancore Bubble-nest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 113).

Travancore Bush Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 111).

Travancore Tree Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 169).


Southern Western Ghats Region of Tamil Nadu, southwestern India, at Bodinayakkanur, Vandiperiyar, and Vagaman, extending into adjacent Kerala (see comment).


Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 169, 220, provided a brief account. Kuramoto and Joshy, 2001, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 20: 85–95, reported on the advertisement call, as Philautus travancoricus. 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: 142. Biju and Bossuyt, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 155: 374–444 [436–438], 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: 159. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 54–55, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India, providing an imprecise record for that state.  

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