Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (Daudin, 1803)

Mudke, Madhushri, Gururaja, K. V., Aravind, Neelvara & Singal, Ramit, 2020, Annotated list of anurans from the lateritic plateau of western India with notes on malformations, Check List 16 (3), pp. 685-698: 693

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Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (Daudin, 1803)


Hoplobatrachus tigerinus (Daudin, 1803)  

New records. INDIA • Karnataka: Udupi: Manipal , Ma- nipal lake. site code G (13.3424°N, 074.7854°E), obs. by MM & RS, 15 Feb. 2017, 79 individuals, MN 952994 and MN 952995. Fig. 3H GoogleMaps   .

Identification. The SVL is up to 180 mm. The body is large, with the dorsum greenish overall, but turning yellow after the first monsoon shower. We did not see any bright-yellow individuals with neon blue vocal sacs and instead only say a few individuals with some yellowish coloration on the flanks and dorsum. We noted that some frogs retain their yellowness throughout the breeding season. The feet are fully webbed. This frog is similar to H. crassus (Jerdon, 1853)   ; however, H. crassus   , a species with a very limited range, and has oval spots on the lower limbs rather than the stripes of H. tigerinus   . The call is wheezing, nasal, and growl-like.

Habitat. This species was seen in semi-aquatic habitats and on the edges of perennial lakes and other water bodies. It is also known from secondary forests lined with acacia plantations.

Distribution. This species occurs in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka. It is introduced in Maldives and Madagascar.


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