Rana asiatica Bedriaga, 1898

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Rana > Species: Rana asiatica

Rana temporaria var. asiatica Bedriaga, 1898, Wissenschaft. Result. Przewalski Cent. Asien Reisen, 3(1): 21, 23. Syntypes: Not stated; ZISP 928-930, 1056, 1063, 1257, and 1501 (22 specimens) considered syntypes by XXX; Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1000, reported only ZISP 1056, 1063, and 1257 (five specimens) as syntypes. Type locality: "Schan-shu-tschun (Prov. Kuku-Nor) und auf dem Tscha-Dschi bei Sini"; given as "Kansu; Ordos; Mongolia" by Gee and Boring, 1929, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 4: 28; given as "Kungess and Upper Ili River, Tien-shan, Xinjiang-Uigur Autonomous Region, China, and Ordos (erroneous), Inner Mongolia, and Bagagorgi River, tributary of the upper Chuanche River (Bailong Jiang?), Gansu Province, China", by Kuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 349.

Rana bachtyana Kashchenko, 1909, Annu. Mus. Zool. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, 14: 129. Types: ZISP. Type locality: Bachty, Semiryetchensk, Siberia, Russia [from the Russian]. Synonymy by Nikolskii, 1918, Fauna Rossii, Zemnovodnye: 63; Stejneger, 1925, Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 66: 19; Orlova, Bakharev, and Borkin, 1977, Trudy Zool. Inst. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Leningrad, 74: 86.

Rana asiaticaNikolskii, 1914 "1912", Trudy Troitskosavsko-Kiakht. Otd. Obstsch., 15: 33. Stejneger, 1925, Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 66: 19.

Rana arvalis var. asiaticaFejérváry, 1919, Ann. Hist. Nat. Mus. Natl. Hungarici, 17: 181.

Rana asiatica asiaticaTerentjev, 1923, Zool. Anz., 56: 174, by implication.

Rana asiatica balchaschensis Terentjev, 1923, Zool. Anz., 56: 174. Holotype: ZMM A-464. Type locality: "Lac. Balchasch, Insula Tas-Aral [= Lake Balkhash, Tasaral Island (Tadaral, Taiaral)]", Dzhezkazgan District, Kazakhstan. Synonymy by Orlova, Bakharev, and Borkin, 1977, Trudy Zool. Inst. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Leningrad, 74: 86

Rana asiatica issikkulensis Kaschkarov, 1923, Trans. Sci. Soc. Turkestan., Tashkent, 1: 221. Syntypes: 8 specimens, by original designation, deposition not stated. Type locality: Right bank of the Kutemaldinka River and near the station, enrivons of Rybachie Settlement, northwestern shore of Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan. Synonymy by Orlova, Bakharev, and Borkin, 1977, Trudy Zool. Inst. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Leningrad, 74: 86; Dunayev and Orlova, 1994, Russ. J. Herpetol., 1: 64. Nomen nudum according to Kuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 349.

Rana amurensis balchaschensisTerentjev and Chernov, 1936, Brief Guide Amph. Rept. USSR: 20.

Rana chensinensis balchaschensisTerentjev and Chernov, 1940, Kratikii Opredelitel' Presmyka iushchisksia i Zemnovodnykh CCCP: 44.

Rana amurensis asiaticaOrlova, Bakharev, and Borkin, 1977, Trudy Zool. Inst. Akad. Nauk SSSR, Leningrad, 74: 81-103.

Rana (Rana) asiaticaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41, by implication; Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333; Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

Rana (Laurasiarana) asiaticaHillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 311, by implication; see Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 317-330, and Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 331-338, for discussion.

English Names

Asian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 106).

Wood Frog (Liu, 1931, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 5: 53; Boring, Liu, and Chou, 1932, Handb. N. China, Amph. Rept.: 33).

Central Asian Frog (Kuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 349).

Central Asian Brown Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 154).

Distribution

Southern Kazakhstan (north to Lake Balkhash) through Kyrgyzstan to central Xinjiang (China).

Comment

In the Section Rana, subgenus Rana, Rana temporaria group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333. In the Rana chensinensis group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 107. Often confused with Rana amurensis and Rana chensinensis according to L. J. Borkin IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 482. Removed from the synonymy of Rana temporaria chensenensis (Rana chensenensis of this list) by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41; by implication, and Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333, where it had been placed by Pope and Boring, 1940, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 15: 57. See accounts by Kuzmin, 1999, Amph. Former Soviet Union: 349-354; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 154-155. Regarded as close to Rana amurensis by Xie, Fei, and Ye, 2000, Cultum Herpetol. Sinica, 8: 74-80. Sumida, Ueda, and Nishioka, 2003, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 20: 567-580, reported on molecular phylogenetic relationships and reproductive incompatability of this species with other brown frogs in East Asia. Li, Lu, and Li, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 268-270, provided a distribution map for China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1000-1004, provided an account for China and included it in their Rana asiatica group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 262-263, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 296, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. 

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