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Limnonectes hascheanus

Limnonectes hascheanus is a species of frog in the Ranidae family. It is found in the Malay Peninsula (from southern Myanmar and Thailand to Peninsular Malaysia; its occurrence in the Andaman Islands requires confirmation.[2] It is a small frog, males being 19–25 mm (0.75–0.98 in) and females 21–25 mm (0.83–0.98 in) snout-vent length.[3]

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Taxonomy [edit]

Taxonomic work by Robert F. Inger and Bryan L. Stuart in 2010[3] on Limnonectes hascheanus and L. limborgi has lead to better understanding of these similar species — L. limborgi has been considered a junior synonym of L. hascheanus.[2] While the species are morphologically similar, mainly differing in body size (L. hascheanus being smaller), they are genetically distinct.[3] This taxonomic work has also led to redefinition of ranges of both species, and the range of L. hascheanus (as presently defined) is much more restricted[2] than what was reported in the latest (2004) IUCN assessment for this species.[1]

Life cycle [edit]

The life cycle of Limnonectes hascheanus is unusual in that it is reported to have direct development: it has no free-swimming tadpole stage, hatching as tiny full-formed frogs. Notice that the original observations of this phenomenon came from outside the range of L. hascheanus and probably apply to L. limborgi, though it seems probable that L. hascheanus is direct developer too.[3]

References [edit]

  1. ^ a b van Dijk, P.P., Stuart, B. & Das, I. (2004). "Limnonectes hascheanus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Limnonectes hascheanus (Stoliczka, 1870)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Inger, Robert F.; Stuart, Bryan L. (2010). "Systematics of Limnonectes (Taylorana) Dubois". Current Herpetology 29: 51–68. doi:10.3105/018.029.0201. 

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