Allopaa hazarensis (Dubois & Khan, 1979)
Hazara Torrent Frog
© 2017 Muhammad Rais (1 of 2)
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: India, Pakistan
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The tadpole lives in pools of clear water in the course of torrents. The tadpole is a typical Himalayan torrenticole habits (fast-moving aquatic habitats). It feeds on algal growths on the surface of submerged stones. Tadpoles of Euphlyctis cyanophlyctis also occur in these pools. During rainy season, to avoid the fast flow of water, the tadpoles either migrate into crevices under stones where the force of flow is minimum, or hold on to the surface of rocks with the oral disc which acts as an effective sucker giving the tadpoles a very firm hold.
Dubois (2023) synonymized Allopaa barmoachensis with Allopaa hazarensis, as was suspected before (Ohler and Dubois 2006).
Dubois A. (2023). Is it still acceptable to describe a taxon or synonymise a nomen without molecular data? The Rana (Paa) barmoachensis case (Dicroglossidae, Painae). Alytes 39-40: 160-184.
Khan, M.S. and Malik, S.A. (1987). ''Buccopharyngeal morphology of tadpole larva of Rana hazarensis Dubois and Khan 1979, and its torrenticole adaptations.'' Biologia, 33, 45-60.
Ohler A and A Dubois. (2006). Phylogenetic relationships and generic taxonomy of the tribe Paini (Amphibia, Anura, Ranidae, Dicroglossinae) with diagnoses of two new genera. Zoosystema. Paris 28: 769–784.
Originally submitted by: M. S. Khan (first posted 2002-03-19)
Edited by: Vance T. Vredenburg, Michelle S. Koo (2023-05-27)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2023 Allopaa hazarensis: Hazara Torrent Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/4867> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 1, 2023.
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