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Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis

Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis is a common dicroglossid frog found in South Asia.[1] It is known under numerous common names, including Indian skipper frog or skittering frog.[2] They are often seen at the edge of bodies of water with their eyes above the water. They noisily move away from the shore when disturbed, giving them their common name. They are rarely seen outside water.

Characteristic square pupil


Head showing the nostrils opening at the top

Description from Boulenger is as follows:[3] «Vomerine teeth in two small oblique series extending a little beyond the hinder edge of the choanae. Head moderate; snout scarcely pointed; canthus rostralis indistinct; interorbital space much narrower than the upper eyelid; tympanum distinct, about two thirds the size of the eye. Fingers slender, pointed, first not extending beyond second; toes webbed to the tips, which are pointed, fourth not much longer than third or fifth; outer toe strongly fringed; subarticular tubercles small; inner metatarsal tubercle small, conical, much like a rudimentary toe. The tibio-tarsal articulation usually reaches a little beyond the eye. Skin with small tubercles and units above, and with more or less distinct rows of pores. Brown or olive above, dark spotted or marbled; two blackish streaks on the hinder side of the thighs, seldom absent; beneath often speckled with blackish. Male with two external vocal vesicles, opening by two slits beneath the angles of the mouth.»

They have the ability to leap out of the water from a floating position.[4] Cross section of the phalange bones shows annual growth rings which may be used for determining age.[5]


The species is widely distributed in South Asia and South-east Asia, from southeastern Iran, southern Afghanistan, Pakistan , Nepal, and eastern India at low to moderate elevations east through Bangladesh and northeastern India to extreme western Myanmar. In addition there are records from Sri Lanka, Thailand (possibly introduced), and Vietnam.[2] It has recently been reported also from Bhutan.[6]


This widespread species may contain cryptic species. As currently defined, Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis includes several species as synonyms. The following subspecies are sometimes distinguished:[2]

  • Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis cyanophlyctis – common skittering frog
  • Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis seistanica – Seistan skittering frog
  • Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis microspinulata – spiny skittering frog


This frog is a very aquatic species found in marshes, pools and various other wetlands.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Muhammad Sharif Khan, Theodore Papenfuss, Steven Anderson, Nasrullah Rastegar-Pouyani, Sergius Kuzmin, Sushil Dutta, Kelum Manamendra-Arachchi, Mozafar Sharifi (2009). "Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis (Schneider, 1799)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Boulenger, G. A. (1890) Fauna of British India. Reptilia and Batrachia.
  4. ^ Nauwelaerts, Sandra; Jan Schollier; Peter Aerts (2004) A functional analysis of how frogs jump out of water. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 83(3):413–420 doi:10.1111/j.1095-8312.2004.00403.x
  5. ^ Suresh M. Kumbar; Katti Pancharatna (2002) Annual Growth Layers in the Phalanges of the Indian Skipper Frog Rana cyanophlyctis (Schn.) Copeia 2002(3):870-872.
  6. ^ Wangyal, J. T. (2013). "New records of reptiles and amphibians from Bhutan". Journal of Threatened Taxa 5 (13): 4774–4783. doi:10.11609/JoTT.o3539.4774-83.  edit


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