Babina adenopleura (Boulenger, 1909)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Babina > Species: Babina adenopleura

Rana adenopleura Boulenger, 1909, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 8, 4: 492. Syntypes: BMNH ("several speicmens"), by original designation. Type locality: "Fuhacho Village [= Maobu or Wucheng, Nantou County], altitude about 4000 feet", Taiwan, China.

Rana (Hylorana) adenopleuraBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 127-130.

Hylorana adenopleuraDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 144.

Rana (Hylarana) adenopleuraDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, by implication.

Hylarana (Hylarana) adenopleuraFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 140. Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 237. See comment.

Rana (Nidirana) adenopleuraDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324.

Hylarana adenopleuraJiang and Zhou, 2001, Acta Zool. Sinica, 47: 41. Song, Jang, Zou, and Shi, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 71.

Hylarana (Nidirana) adenopleuraFei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 120.

Nidirana adenopleuraChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 237. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 35. See comment under Ranidae record.

Babina adenopleuraFrost, 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: 368. Kurabayashi, Yoshikawa, Sato, Hayashi, Oumi, Fujii, and Sumida, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 56: 543-553.

English Names

Olive Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 106; Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 64).

East China Music Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 176 [presumably based on Rana caldwelli]).

Fuhacho Frog (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 25).


Taiwan, China; Yaeyama group of Ryukyu Is., Japan.


In the Rana (Nidirana) adenopleura group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324. Japanese records are suspect; not mentioned by Kuramoto, 1985, Herpetologica, 41: 150-158. Discussed by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 139; (including Rana caldwelli) by Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 534-538, and Matsui and Utsunomiya, 1983, J. Herpetol., 17: 32-37 (who noted that the Ryukyu population was probably taxonomically distinct). Locality records in Liu, Hu, Fei, and Huang, 1973, Acta Zool. Sinica, 19: 395 (in the sense of including Babina caldwelli); Kuramoto, 1973 "1972", Bull. Fukuoka Univ. Educ., Nat. Sci., 22: 142; and Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 185 (in the sense of including Babina caldwelli). See Kuramoto, 1985, Herpetologica, 41: 150-158. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 88, provided the Vietnam record (which may be referrable to Hylarana caldwelli). See comments under Rana daunchina and Rana caldwelli, to which most, if not all, records of Chinese mainland, Vietnam, and Thailand "Rana adenopleura" apply. Thailand is in range according to Khonsue and Thirakhupt, 2001, Nat. Hist. J. Chulalongkorn Univ., 1: 72, although this needs to be confirmed. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 55-57, provided an account for Zhejiang populations. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 84, provided an account for Guangxi. Song, Jang, Zou, and Shi, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 69-79, reported Rana adenopleura from Hainan Island, but presumably this record applies to Rana caldwelli. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 25, provided specific localities for Vietnam. Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 64-65, provided a brief account for Taiwan (as Rana adenopleura). Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1171-1177, provided an account, figures, and map for China (in the sense of including Babina caldwelli) and placed it in their Hylarana (Nidirana) adenopleura group. Chuaynkern, Ohler, Inthara, Duengkae, Makchai, and Salangsingha, 2010, Raffles Bull. Zool., 58: 291-310, confirmed the restriction of Babina adenopleura (as Rana adenopleura) to Taiwan and, presumably, the adjacent Ryukyu Islands and that specimens from Thailand previously identified as Babina adenopleura are referrable to Rana lini. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 306-307, provided a brief account (as Hylarana adenopleura) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 344–345, provided an account (as Nidirana adenopleura, in the sense of including mainland populations now assigned to Babina lini), photographs, and a range map for China. Zhou, Qiu, Fang, Yang, Zhao, Fang, Zheng, and Liu, 2014, Zool. Res., Kunming, 35: 42–50, reported on call characteristics in China (as Hylarana adenopleura). Yu, Zhang, and Zheng, 2012, Mitochondrial DNA, 23: 423–425, reported on the complete mtDNA genome. 

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