Rhacophorus lateralis Boulenger, 1883

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Rhacophorus > Species: Rhacophorus lateralis

Rhacophorus lateralis Boulenger, 1883, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 5, 12: 162. Holotype: BMNH 1882.2.10.75, according to Das, 2000, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 19: 35, now renumbered 1947.2.8.38 according to museum records. Type locality: "Malabar", India. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 8, noted the imprecision of this type locality.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) lateralisAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 165; Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 253, by implication. 

English Names

Small Tree Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67; Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 170).

Boulenger's Tree Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 175).

Winged Gliding Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 170).

Small Gliding Frog (Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 170).

Double Banded Small Tree Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 15).


Multiple localities in Chikmagalur and Kodagu districts of Karnataka, and Idukki and Wayanad districts of Kerala, India, ca. 800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


Inger and Dutta, 1987 "1986", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 83 (Suppl.): 135–146, and Das, 2000, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 19: 35–40 (who described two new specimens), resurrected Rhacophorus lateralis from the synonymy of Rhacophorus malabaricus, where it had been placed provisionally in synonymy by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 214. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 175, provided a brief account. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 170–171, 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: 540. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Zachariah, 2010, J. Threatened Taxa, 2: 986–989, provided a range extension and discussed the range in the Western Ghats of southern India as well as documenting variation in color pattern. Biju, Kamei, Mahony, Thomas, Garg, Sircar, and Suyesh, 2013, Zootaxa, 3636: 257–289, provided an account, rediagnosed the taxon, redescribed the type, and discussed the range. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 163. Sivaprasad, 2013, Common Amph. Kerala: 214–215, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. Raj, 2023, J. Threatened Taxa, 15: 24221–24223, reported on larval morphology. 

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