Pelophylax fukienensis (Pope, 1929)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pelophylax > Species: Pelophylax fukienensis

Rana fukienensis Pope, 1929, Am. Mus. Novit., 352: 4. Holotype: AMNH 29182, by original designation. Type locality: "Futsing Hsien [= Fuqing County], northeastern Fukien [= Fujian] Province, China".

Rana lighti Taylor, 1934, Lingnan Sci. J., Canton, 13: 306. Holotype: EHT-HMS 29836 (formerly EHT 1044), by original designation; now UIMNH 25051 according to XXX. Type locality: "Amoy, Fukien [= Fujian]", China. Synonymy byLiu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 166; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 332; Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 369.

Rana plancyi fukienensisBoring, 1938 "1938–1939", Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 13: 102. Kashiwagi, 1994, Sci. Rep. Lab. Amph. Biol. Hiroshima Univ., 13: 245; Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 146-147.

Rana fukienensisKuramoto, 1983, Sci. Rep. Lab. Amph. Biol. Hiroshima Univ., 6: 264-266. Kawamura, 1985, Saishu to Shiku, 47: 259; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 332.

Rana (Rana) fukienensisDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41-42, by implication.

Pelophylax plancyi fukienensisFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 134. Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 227; Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 160.

Rana (Pelophylax) fukienensisDubois and Ohler, 1996 "1994", Zool. Polon., 39: 174.

Hylarana fukienensisChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 237, by implication.

Pelophylax fukienensisFei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 110. 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: 369; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13; by implication.

English Names

Futsing Hsien Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107).

Fukien Gold-striped Pond Frog (Rana plancyi fukienensis: Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 160).

Distribution

Southeastern China (Jianxi, Fujian) and Taiwan.

Comment

Closely related to Pelophylax nigromaculatus and Pelophylax plancyi (as Rana), according to the original publication. See account by Ting, 1951, Copeia, 1951: 120-126. Removed from the synonymy of Pelophylax plancyi by Kuramoto, 1983, Sci. Rep. Lab. Amph. Biol. Hiroshima Univ., 6: 253-267. See comments under Pelophylax plancyi and Pelophylax chosenicus. Dubois and Ohler, 1996 "1994", Zool. Polon., 39: 167, noted that all comparisons of Pelophylax fukienensis with possible conspecifics had been made with specimens from Taiwan, rather than the mainland population in which the type locality lies; that mutual status of the two populations remains arguable. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 227-229; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 160-161. Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 166, had considered both Rana lighti Taylor, 1934, and Rana fukienensis Pope, 1929, to be synonyms of Pelophylax plancyi (Lataste). In the Pelophylax plancyi group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 110. Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 78-79, provided a brief account (as Rana plancyi) for Taiwan. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1049-1056, provided an account, figures, and map for China and included it in their Pelophylax plancyi group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 282, provided a brief account including photographs. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 319, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. 

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