Rhacophorus malabaricus Jerdon, 1870

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

Rhacophorus malabaricus Jerdon, 1870, Proc. Asiat. Soc. Bengal, 1870: 84. Type(s): Not stated; presumably originally in ZSIC although not mentioned in recent type lists. Biju, Kamei, Mahony, Thomas, Garg, Sircar, and Suyesh, 2013, Zootaxa, 3636: 274, regarded BMNH, a specimen purchased from Jerdon from Malabar as the holotype. Type locality: "Malabar", India. Biju, 2001, Occas. Publ. Indian Soc. Conserv. Biol., 1: 8, noted the imprecision of this type locality.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) malabaricusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 159; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 253, by implication. 

English Names

Malabar Flying Frog (Daniel and Sekar, 1989, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 86: 200; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 113; Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 171).

Malabar Gliding Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67; Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 171).

Flying Frog (Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 176).

Malabar Gliding Tree Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 15).


Widely distributed species in the Western Ghats occurring on both sides of the Palghat Gap from Tamil Nadu through Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa, south to Palode, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala and north to Amboli, Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra, India. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: India

Endemic: India


In the Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) malabaricus group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; see comment under Rhacophorus for dissenting opinion regarding the recognition of this group. See accounts by Inger, Shaffer, Koshy, and Bakde, 1985 "1984", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 81: 556, and Daniel and Sekar, 1989, J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 86: 200. See comment under Rhacophorus lateralisKuramoto and Joshy, 2001, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 20: 85–95, reported on the advertisement call. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 176–177, provided a brief account. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 104, provided bibliography and range. Daniels, 2005, Amph. Peninsular India: 171–174, provided an account. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted a number of larval descriptions in the literature. Biju, Kamei, Mahony, Thomas, Garg, Sircar, and Suyesh, 2013, Zootaxa, 3636: 257–289, provided an account, rediagnosed the species, redescribed the holotype, and discussed the range. A brief characterization, photograph, and dot map provided by Subramanian, Dinesh, and Radhakrishnan, 2013, Atlas of Endemic Amph. W. Ghats: 164. 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: 216–217, provided a brief account, photograph, and dot map for Kerala, India. Sandeep, Joelin, Sanil, and Antony, 2022, Zoosystema, 44: 159–176, reported on the ontogeny from egg, through larval stages, to metamorphosis. Raj, 2023, J. Threatened Taxa, 15: 24223–24228, reported on larval morphology.  

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