Amolops ricketti (Boulenger, 1899)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amolops > Species: Amolops ricketti

Rana ricketti Boulenger, 1899, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1899: 168. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens). Type locality: "Kuatun [=Guadun], a village about 270 miles from Foochow, in the [Kuatun] moutains at the North-west of the Province of Fokien [= Fujian], at an altitude of 3000 to 4000 feet or more", China.

Rana (Hylorana) rickettiBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 128, 216.

Rhacophorus tonkinensis Ahl, 1927 "1926", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1926: 116. Holotype: ZMB. Type locality: "Tonkin", Vietnam. Synonymy by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 387.

Staurois rickettiPope, 1927, Nat. Hist., New York, 27: 469; Noble, 1929, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 58: 291, 313.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) tonkinensisAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 110.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) buergeri tonkinensisWolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 168.

Staurois ricketti rickettiLiu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 356.

Staurois ricketti minor Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 356. Holotype: FMNH 49411, by original designation. Type locality: "Mapien, about 3,000 feet altitude, Szechwan", China.

Amolops rickettiInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication; Zhao In Hu, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 455; Tian, Jiang, Wu, Hu, Zhao, and Huang, 1986, Handb. Chinese Amph. Rept.: 62; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 167; Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 1-42; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3.

Amolops (Amolops) rickettiDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

English Names

Chinese Sucker Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97).

South China Torrent Frog (Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 414).


Sichuan, Guizhou, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangsi, Guangxi, southeastern Yunnan, and Fujian, China, 400-1300 m elevation; northern and central montane Vietnam, presumably in intervening Laos and possibly Cambodia.


See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 216; Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 558-562, and Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 387-390, as Staurois ricketti. See also Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 231-232. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 307; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 242-243. See comments by Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 13. Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 182-183, reported the species in Yunnan, China. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 210, provided a brief account and illustration. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 81-83, provided an account (as Staurois ricketti) for Zhejiang populations. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 71, provided an account for Guangxi. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 86, stated the species to be in northern Vietnam. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 98, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1565-1570, provided an account, figures, and range map, and included the species in their Amolops ricketti group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 414-415, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 432-433, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 303–306, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 62, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 138–140, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China.      

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