Taruga longinasus (Ahl, 1927)

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

Polypedates nasutus Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 486. Holotype: BMNH 1868.5.13.16, now renumbered 1947.2.8.61 by museum records. Type locality: "Southern Ceylon [=Sri Lanka]". Secondary homonym of Ixalus nasutus Günther, 1869 "1868," in Rhacophorus.

Rhacophorus nasutusBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 85; Senanayake, 1968 "1967", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 64: 565.

Rhacophorus longinasus Ahl, 1927, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1927: 44. Replacement name for Polypedates nasutus Günther, 1869 "1868" when in Rhacophorus.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) longinasusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 139; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77.

Polypedates longinasusDutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 176.

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

Polypedates (Taruga) longinasus — Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 256, by implication.

English Names

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

Long-snouted Tree-frog (de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 126).


Upper montane region of southern and central Sri Lanka, 150-1300 m elevation, although also reported at 60 m in the Kanneliya Forest.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Sri Lanka

Endemic: Sri Lanka


In the Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) leucomystax group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; see comment under Polypedates. Previously confused with Polypedates eques, by some authors, most notably Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 183, who considered it a synonym of Rhacophorus eques. Removed from the synonymy of Rhacophorus eques by Senanayake, 1968 "1967", J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc., 64: 565, where it had been placed by Kirtisinghe, 1957, Amph. Ceylon: 61. See account by Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 176-179. See comment under Philautus nasutus. Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 94-95, 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: 537. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted no larval descriptions in the literature. de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 126, provided a brief account and color photograph. Bopage, Wewelwala, Krvavac, Jovanovic, Safarek, and Pushpamal, 2011, Salamandra, 47: 173-177, reported the species in lowland forest in the Kanneliya Forest of southwestern Sri Lanka.

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