Additional information on the Giant Himalayan Horned Frog, Megophrys periosa Mahony, Kamei, Teeling & Biju, 2018 (Anura: Megophryidae)


  • Zoological Survey of India, North Eastern Regional Centre, Risa Colony, Shillong - 793003, Meghalaya
  • Zoological Survey of India, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre, Senki Valley, Itanagar - 791113, Arunachal Pradesh
  • Zoological Survey of India, Western Regional Centre, Vidyanagar, Pune - 411044, Maharashtra
  • Zoological Survey of India, Western Regional Centre, Vidyanagar, Pune - 411044, Maharashtra



Aruanchal Pradesh, Eastern Himalayas, Molecular Studies, North-East India


In the last decade, there has been a major revision in the cryptic species complexes of the genus Megophrys Kuhl & Van Hasselt (and earlier Xenophrys), resulting in reports of many new species and new records from Arunachal Pradesh, India. Here we report additional information on the morphological variations of the recently described species Megophrys periosa Mahony, Kamei, Teeling, and Biju, 2018 (Anura: Megophryidae) from the surroundings of the type locality. The species was confirmed by generating the 16S rRNA sequences and comparing them with that of M. robusta Boulenger, 1908, a sympatric species with similar morphological characters. A preliminary phylogenetic tree has been made and discussed. Besides updating the altitudinal range for the species, a remark on the type locality is also made.


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Saikia, B., Sinha, B., Shabnam, N. A., & Dinesh, K. P. (2021). Additional information on the Giant Himalayan Horned Frog, <i>Megophrys periosa</i> Mahony, Kamei, Teeling & Biju, 2018 (Anura: Megophryidae). Records of the Zoological Survey of India, 121(2), 219–224.





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