Limnonectes khasianus (Anderson, 1871)
Khasi wart frog
Taxonomy & Nomenclature
Synonym/s: Pyxicephalus khasianus Anderson, 1871 (original combination); Rana laticeps Boulenger, 1882
Last record: 1871 or before
Rediscovered in 2013 or before
IUCN RedList status: Data Deficient
For over a century the species was known only from the holotype, now presumed lost. It was taxonomically rediscovered when it was realised that it is in fact synonymous with a still living species. And given its taxonomic priority, in virtue of having been described first, it was not relegated to obscurity like so many putatively extinct species, but technically "rediscovered", albeit rather dryly.
Khasi Hills, Meghalaya State, India
Biology & Ecology
Original scientific description:
Anderson, J. (1871). On some Indian Reptiles. Proceedings of the Zoological Society 1870: 149-211.
Boulenger, G. A. (1882). Catalogue of the Batrachia Salientia s. Ecaudata in the collection of the British Museum. Taylor & Francis, London: i-xvi + 1-503, pl. 1-30.
Dubois, A. (1987). Miscellanea taxonomica batrachologica (I). Alytes 1987: 7-95.
Annemarie Ohler. (2004). Limnonectes khasianus. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. (http://www.iucnredlist.org). Downloaded on 16 February 2013.
Ohler, Annemarie and Deuti, Kaushik. (2013). Pyxicephalus khasianus Anderson, 1871 and Rana laticeps Boulenger, 1882 (Dicroglossidae, Anura, Amphibia) are Synonyms. Zoosystema 35(3): 415-424. [Abstract]