Nanorana rarica (Dubois, Matsui, and Ohler, 2001)

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

Rana (Paa) rara Dubois and Matsui, 1983, Copeia, 1983: 895. Holotype: MNHNP 1981.1001, by original designation. Type locality: "in Lake Rara (Rara Daha), Western Nepal, 29° 31′ N, 82° 05′ E, altitude 2990 m". Preoccupied by Rana danubina var. rara Fraas, 1903, Jahresheft. Ver. Vaterland. Naturkd. Württemberg, 26: 145 [fossil taxon].

Rana (Paa) raraDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 43.

Paa (Paa) raraDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 320.

Paa (Paa) rarica Dubois, Matsui, and Ohler, 2001, Alytes, 19: 4. Replacement name for Rana (Paa) rara Dubois and Matsui, 1983.

Nanorana raricaChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239, by implication; Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 367.

Chaparana (Paa) raricaOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781.

Paa raricaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26.

English Names

Rara Paa Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103; Schleich, Anders, and Kästle, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 80).

Rara Lake Frog (Shrestha, 2001, Herpetol. Nepal: 88).


At around 3000 m elevation in the western third of Nepal.


Anders, 2002, in Schleich and Kästle (eds.), Amph. Rept. Nepal: 283-286, provided an account for the Nepal population. See brief account (as Rana rara) by Shrestha, 2001, Herpetol. Nepal: 88. Not addressed, and therefore not assigned to subgenus, by Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107: 13765-13770, and Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2. See Shah and Tiwari, 2004, Herpetofauna Nepal: 67, for brief account (as Paa rarica).

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