Monday, January 14, 2019

[Herpetology • 2019] Fejervarya marathi • A New Species of Fejervarya Bolkay, 1915 (Anura: Dicroglossidae) from the northern Western Ghats Parts of Maharashtra, India


 Fejervarya marathi 
Phuge, Dinesh, Andhale, Bhakare & Pandit, 2019

Marathi Fejervarya Frog  ||  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4544.2.5 

Abstract
In the recent past the systematic position and taxonomy of genus Fejervarya, Bolkay is undergoing changes in its systematic position due to fairly good amount of phylogenetic resolution, cryptic morphological characters and lack of systematic sampling for phylogenetic studies across the range of distribution. In our sampling in the northern Western Ghats, we encountered a new lineage sister to the phylogenetic cluster which comprises the 'Rufescens complex'. This new lineage is described here as new species Fejervarya marathi sp. nov. based on distinctness in a combination of morphological characters, genetic distance and geography. The problems in morphological groupings for the Fejervarya frogs of the Western Ghats in the recent studies are discussed with the sub-clade composition based on geography in the phylogenetic tree.

Keywords: Amphibia, Cryptic species, Fejervarya, Marathi, northern Western Ghats


Fejervarya marathi sp. nov., amplecting pair. 


Fejervarya marathi sp. nov.

Etymology. The specific epithet is derived from the indigenous language "Marathi" which is one of the predominant language used in the northern Western Ghats. The species epithet is treated as noun in apposition to the generic name. Suggested common name 'Marathi Fejervarya frog'.


Samadhan Phuge, K.P. Dinesh, Ramnath Andhale, Kalyani Bhakare and Radhakrishna Pandit. 2019. A New Species of Fejervarya Bolkay, 1915 (Anura: Dicroglossidae) from the northern Western Ghats Parts of Maharashtra, India. Zootaxa. 4544(2); 251–268. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4544.2.5  
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