Philautus is a genus of shrub frogs in the family Rhacophoridae from Asia. Some species in this genus are now considered extinct by IUCN, while others are widespread and abundant (such as the recently described P. abundus, which was specifically named for this fact). The taxonomy of the group is unclear, with many poorly described species.[1]

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Philautus dubius
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Clade: Ranoidea
Family: Rhacophoridae
Subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Genus: Philautus
Gistel, 1848

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This genus is unique in that development not direct, with all growth inside the egg and no free-swimming tadpole stage.[2] Some species have been found to bury their eggs in soil, although they are arboreal, and others attach their eggs to leaves.[3]


In early 2009, Delhi University researchers revised this genus after discovering and rediscovering species in Western Ghats forest.[4]

List of speciesEdit

The following species are recognised in the genus Philautus:[5]


  1. ^ Karthikeyan Vasudevan, M. S. Chaitra & R. K. Aggarwal (2007). "Pernicious descriptions of 'new' frogs from the Western Ghats, India" (PDF). Current Science. 92 (3): 281–282.
  2. ^ S. D. Biju (2003). "Reproductive mode in the shrub frog Philautus glandulosus (Jerdon, 1853) (Anura: Rhacophoridae)" (PDF). Current Science. 84 (3): 283–284.
  3. ^ M. M. Bahir; M. Meegaskumbura; K. Manamendra-Arachchi; C. J. Schneider; R. Pethiyagoda (2005). "Reproduction and terrestrial direct development in Sri Lankan shrub frogs (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae: Philautus)" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. Suppl. 12: 339–350. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-17.
  4. ^ University of Delhi (February 3, 2009). "Dozen New Tree Frogs Discovered In Rapidly Vanishing Habitat In India". ScienceDaily.
  5. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Philautus Gistel, 1848". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 21 January 2019.


  • Gururaja, KV and Dinesh, KP and Palot, MJ and Radhakrishnan, C and Ramachandra, TV (2007) A new species of Philautus Gistel (Amphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from southern Western Ghats, India. Zootaxa 1621:pp. 1–16. PDF
  • Manamendra-Arachchi, K.& R. Pethiyagoda. 2005 The Sri Lankan shrub-frogs of the genus Philautus Gistel, 1848 (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae), with description of 27 new species. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 12:163-303 PDF
  • Meegaskumbura, M. & K. Manamendra-Arachchi. 2005. Description of eight new species of shrub-frogs (Ranidae: Rhacophorinae: Philautus) from Sri Lanka. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement No. 12:305-338. PDF