Minervarya pierrei (Dubois)

Prasad, Vishal Kumar, Gautam, Kumudani Bala, Gupta, Sandeep Kumar, Murthy, R. Sreenivasa, Ramesh, K., Shinde, Ajinkya Duttatray & Das, Abhijit, 2020, Identification of anuran species diversity of the Panna Tiger Reserve, Central India, using an integrated approach, Zootaxa 4851 (3), pp. 450-476 : 459

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Minervarya pierrei (Dubois)


Minervarya pierrei (Dubois) View in CoL

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Specimens examined: two males (WIIAD 245 & 246) and two females (WIIAD 059 & WIIAD 067).

Morphological features: Adult males SVL 26.6–27 mm (n=2) and females SVL 33–33.6 mm (n=2); head longer than wide; snout slightly pointed in dorsal view; tympanum marginally less than ¾ the diameter of eye, supratympanic fold visible; dorsal skin tubercular with conical warts, fejervaryan lines present on abdomen, skin on ventral side is smooth; fingers tip rounded, relative length of fingers IV <II <I <III; toes relative length 1<2<3<5<4. Coloration in life: Dorsum brown with dark brown spots, dark brown spots more prominent on the flank and upper groin; fore limbs and hind limbs with four dark brown bars; upper and lower jaws barred; groin and undersides of thighs pale yellow; ventral sides of thighs are pinkish; throat mild black (males during breeding season); abdomen white.

Bioacoustics: We recorded 30 advertisement calls from three males. Calls were recorded between 23:30–02:00 hours in July and calling location air temperature was between 27.4 °C–29.7 °C. Males produced single type calls. Mean call duration was 73.18 ± 9.86 ms (53–90 ms) with pulse rate of 113.37 ± 12.92 pulses/s (122.30–225.35 pulses/s) and mean of pulses per call was 14.70 ± 1.84. The mean dominant frequency was 3714.05 ± 67.58 Hz (3574.50–3832.90 Hz).

Remark: A common anuran in the region. Seen calling from waterlogged open grasslands in July and August. The result of our genetic analyses confirmed the presence of M. pierrei in PTR ( Fig 8A View FIGURE 8 ). Its neighboring record is from Haryana, India ( Frost 2020). This study provides a new state record of M. pierrei from Madhya Pradesh. This record also extends its southern most range to Panna in Central India.













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