frogs of Pakistan: Family Ranidae
Ranidae family or True Frogs consists of typical frogs with long legs,
narrow waists, smooth skin, free fingers, and toes joined by webs. Most
ridges, which are raised longitudinal folds of glandular tissue.
Vocal pouches on males are situated either at the sides or underneath of
the throat. Breeding males have swollen forearms and enlarged thumbs.
This family can be found in all continents except Antarctica.
frogs of the subcontinent and Southeast Asia are a heterogeneous
assemblage (Boulenger, 1920; Afzal et al., 1988). Several workers have
tried to resolve taxonomic problems surrounding this genus. To avoid
controversy, Boulenger (1890) placed ranids of the subcontinent in genus
Rana. Later in 1920 he placed 55 ranid species from the
subcontinent and southeast Asia in subgenus Rana of genus Rana.
However, all subsequent workers (< biblio >) have accepted his
1890 apparent trouble settling idea. However, divisions within genus Rana
proposed by Dumeril and Bibron (1841), Fitzinger (1843), Peters
(1863) and others has now been accepted (Frost, 1985; Dubois, 1975,
1984, 1986, 1992; Dutta, 1997)
There are 10 species
of Ranidae frogs in Pakistan. In the table below the recent
generic allotment of ranid frogs of Pakistan, is given to update our
knowledge of the taxonomy of Pakistani frogs.
generic allocation of the frogs of Pakistan
Ranidae is by five genera and ten species of frogs in Pakistan:
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Updated May 8th, 2005