Chalcorana raniceps (Peters, 1871)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Chalcorana > Species: Chalcorana raniceps

Polypedates raniceps Peters, 1871, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1871: 580. Syntypes: ZMB 5020 (2 specimens) and MSNG 29376 (2 specimens) according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 49; MSNG 29376B designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 215. Type locality: "Pulo Matjan", Kalimantan, Indonesia, and "Sarawak", Malaysia. Restricted to "Sarawak" by lectotype designation.

Rana chalconota ranicepsInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 177; Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 67.

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

Rana (Chalcorana) ranicepsDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328.

Hydrophylax ranicepsFrost, 2007, Amph. Spec. World, vers. 5.0: 368.

Hylarana ranicepsChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication.

Chalcorana ranicepsFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 33; Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 189.

English Names

Peters' Malaysian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

White-lipped Frog (Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 159).

Copper-cheeked Frog (Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 64).


Swamp forests in Sarawak, Malaysia, and adjacent Kalimantan, and Brunei, although likely more widely distributed.


Considered a junior synonym of Rana chalconota by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 201; it was revived (as Rana labialis) by Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 220-221. Stuart, Inger, and Voris, 2006, Biol. Lett., 2: 470-474, provided molecular evidence for this species being closely related to Hylarana chalconota and Hylarana labialis, suggested that the species was restricted to Borneo and indistinguishable morphologically from other members of the Hylarana chalconota group. All previous literature should be used with extreme caution. The following comments were added prior to the work by Stuart et al. (2006): Discussed (as Rana chalconota) by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 366-369; Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 63-64. Liem, 1961, Herpetologica, 17: 69-71, compared Rana labialis with Rana chalconota. Before the discussion of Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 177, Polypedates raniceps was only tentatively considered a senior synonym of Rana labialis. Elevated from status as a subspecies of Rana chalconota; without discussion, by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328. See discussion (as Rana chalconota raniceps) by Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 177-183. Sukumaran, 2003 "2002", Hamadryad, 27: 1-10, considered this taxon to be a subspecies of Rana chalconota. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 134-135, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Reported for Pulau Langkawi, Kadeh, northwestern West Malaysia, by Grismer, Youmans, Wood, Ponce, Wright, Jones, Johnson, Sanders, Gower, Yaakob, and Lim, 2006, Hamadryad, 30: 61-74. Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 159, provided a brief description. Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 64, provided a photograph and brief account, as Rana raniceps. Inger and Stuebing, 2009, Raffles Bull. Zool., 57: 534, commented on the range.

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