Taruga eques (Günther, 1858)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Taruga > Species: Taruga eques

Polypedates eques Günther, 1858, Arch. Naturgesch., 24: 325. Syntypes: BMNH (14 specimens) according to Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 80, including BMNH 1858.6.15.9–12, 1854.3.21 + 1 untraced, according to Inger, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 540, and museum records. Type locality: "Ceylon" (= Sri Lanka).

Rhacophorus equesBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 85.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) equesAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 138; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77.

Rhacophorus cruciger equesKirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 61; Herrmann, 1993, Herpetofauna, Weinstadt, 15: 34.

Polypedates equesDutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 172.

Taruga equesMeegaskumbura, Meegaskumbura, Bowatte, Manamendra-Arachchi, Pethiyagoda, Hanken, and Schneider, 2010, Ceylon J. Sci., Biol. Sci., 39: 83.

English Names

Spurred Tree-frog (Günther, 1864, Rept. Brit. India: 431 ).

Gunther's Whipping Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 113).

Montane Hour-glass Tree-frog (de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 125).


Higher elevations of the central hills, Sri Lanka, 1202–2135 m elevation.


In the Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) leucomystax group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; see comment under Polypedates. See comment under Rhacophorus longinasus. See account by Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 172–176. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 78, provided systematic notes, access to literature, and range. 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: 536. de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 125, provided a brief account and color photograph.

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