• 1 Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand Kasetsart University Bangkok Thailand
  • 2 Section of Research & Collections, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC, USA North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Raleigh United States of America
Zookeys, 2019;883:119-153.
PMID: 31719776 DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.883.37544


The taxonomy and geographic distributions of species of crab-eating frogs (Fejervarya cancrivora complex) in mainland Southeast Asia have been highly uncertain. Three taxonomic names are used in recent literature (F. cancrivora, F. raja, and F. moodiei) but the applications of these names to localities has been inconsistent, especially owing to the lack of available molecular data for F. raja. Morphometric and mitochondrial DNA variation was examined in these frogs, including name-bearing types and topotypes of all three species. Findings corroborate evidence for the existence of two species in coastal mainland Southeast Asia, with F. moodiei having a wide geographic distribution and F. cancrivora sensu stricto occurring only in extreme southern Thailand and peninsular Malaysia. Fejervarya raja is shown to be only a large-bodied population of F. cancrivora sensu stricto and is synonymized with that species. Revised descriptions of F. moodiei and F. cancrivora sensu stricto are provided.

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