Nanorana pleskei Günther, 1896

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Nanorana > Species: Nanorana pleskei

Nanorana Pleskei Günther, 1896, Annu. Mus. Zool. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, 1: 207. Syntypes: Including ZISP 1958 (Sungpan) according to L.J. Borkin In Hu, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 463. Type locality: "Sung-pan" (= Songpan County) and "In-chuan [= Uomcjuan, probably Xiaojin Chuan river] in the Kham Mountains", Sichuan, China.

Nannorana pleskeiWerner, 1903, Abh. Math. Physik. Cl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss., 22: 369. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Rana PleskeiBoulenger, 1905, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 15: 378.

Rana (Nanorana) pleskeiBoulenger, 1918, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 43: 119; Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 107.

Montorana ahli Vogt, 1924, Zool. Anz., 60: 340. Syntypes: ZMB (9 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Dschiësongla, 3900 m hoher Pass südwestlich von Tatsiénlu", Sichuan, China. Type locality discussed by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 137. Synonymy by Stejneger, 1927, J. Washington Acad. Sci., 17: 319; Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 220.

Nanorana pleskeiLü and Yang, 1995, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 6: 69–72; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 25.

Nanorana (Nanorana) pleskeiOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781; Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2.

English Names

Songpan Slow Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Pleske's High Altitude Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65).

Plateau Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 228).

Tibetan Frog (Khan, 2002, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 37: 160).


South-central to northwestern Sichuan, eastern and south-central Qinghai, and southeastern Gansu, China, 3300-4500 m elevation. Recorded in Haa District, Bhutan. 


Discussed by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 107; Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 323–328, and Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 220–221. According to Dubois and Khan, 1979, J. Herpetol., 13: 409, the Kashmir specimen reported by Mertens, 1969, Stuttgart. Beit. Naturkd., 197: 16, is referable to Nanorana vicina (as Rana). See discussion of type localities by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 137. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 295; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 228. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 181, provided a brief account and illustration. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 104–105. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 630, who suggested that the Kashmir records are based on misidentifictions (e.g., Khan, 2002, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 37: 161). Chen, Liu, Jiang, Xie, and Zheng, 2005, Herpetol. Sinica, 10: 47–51, discussed the species and provided a map (in legend given in error as Nanorana parkeri). Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1463–1469, provided an account for China, figures, and map. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 389, provided a brief accoun including photographs. Chen, Wang, Liu, Xie, and Jiang, 2011, Curr. Zool., Chengdu, 57: 785805, provided a complete mtDNA genome and discussed the phylogenetic placement of this species. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 482–483, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Wangyal, 2013, J. Threatened Taxa, 5: 4777, provided records from Haa District, Bhutan. Yao and Gong, 2012, Amph. Rept. Gansu: 49–50, provided a brief account and photographs.  

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