Juvenile Female (Dorsal View) © Dr. Muhammad Rais

Murre Hill’s Frog (Nanorana vicina) is one of the least studied anurans of South-east Asia. The species is also under-represented in the global amphibian literature. Since its first report and description in 1872, it has never been collected from its type locality viz. Murree, Punjab, Pakistan. In an attempt to document anuran fauna of North Punjab, a group of post-graduate students and herpetologists from Wildlife Management department, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan, recorded two specimens of Nanorana vicina from a spring pool in Aliot village (N 33°, 56.154’; E 73° 27.001) near its type locality. This has been the first record of the sightings of the species after some 140 years. Rais et al. (2014) has presented data on morphometric measurements, habits, ecology, and conservation status of the species.

Dr. Muhammad Rais
Lecturer, Wildlife Management, PMAS Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Literature Cited

Rais,M., S. Abbassi, T. Batool, M.J. Jilani, M.A. Assadi, H. Mubarak, and S. Baloch. 2014. Rediscovery of an uncommon endemic frog Nanorana vicina (Stolickza, 1872). Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences Lahore. 24(2):455–458.

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