Thursday, May 23, 2013

[Herpetology • 2013] Duttaphrynus chandai | Nagaland Montane Torrent Toad • A new species of Duttaphrynus (Anura: Bufonidae) from Nagaland state of Northeast India

A new species of montane toad Duttaphrynus is described from Nagaland state of Northeast India. The new species is diagnosable based on following combination of characters: absence of preorbital, postorbital and orbitotympanic ridges, elongated and broad parotid gland, first finger longer than second and presence of a mid-dorsal line. The tympanum is hidden under a skin fold (in male) or absent (in female). The species is compared with its congers from India and IndoChina. We propose to consider Duttaphrynus wokhaensis as junior synonym of Duttaphrynus melanostictus.
Key words: Duttaphrynus chandai, Nagaland, New species

Duttaphrynus chandai 
Nagaland Montane Torrent Toad

Etymology: Named after Shyamal Kumar Chanda, a prominent Indian amphibian biologist.

Das A, Chetia M, Dutta SK, Sengupta S. 2013. A new species of Duttaphrynus (Anura: Bufonidae) from northeast India. Zootaxa. 3646:336-348.