Rana kukunoris Nikolskii, 1918

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

Rana amurensis kukunoris Nikolskii, 1918, Fauna Rossii, Zemnovodnye: 82. Syntypes: ZISP 1500 (3 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: Lake Kukunor [= Qinghai Lake], Qinghai Province, China.

Rana weigoldi Vogt, 1924, Zool. Anz., 60: 339. Syntypes: ZMB (4 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Ngo-la [= Ngolo Pass] 4000 m hoher Pass in Derge, Grenzlandschaft im südlichen Osttibet [actually Sichuan] bei Kansego", China. Synonymy with Rana chensinensis by Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 280-281; with Rana kukunoris by Xie, Ye, Fei, and Jiang, 2000, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 25: 228-235.

Rana amurensis kokonorisLiu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 183. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Rana chensinensis hongyuanensis Hu, Jiang, and Zhao, 1985, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 4 (3): 228. Types: Not stated, presumably CIB. Type locality: "Mt. Hengduan, 3000-3800 [m elevation]", Sichuan Province, China, 3000-3800 meters. Nomen nudum. Synonymy by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 141; with Rana kukunoris by Xie, Ye, Fei, and Jiang, 2000, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 25: 228-235.

Rana chensinensis lanzhouensis Wei and Chen, 1990, Acta Zool. Sinica, 36: 78. Types: Not stated, but NWUX 860130, according to Wei, Chen, Xu, and Li, 1991, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 16: 381. Type locality: Yuzhong, Sichuan Province, China, 1500 m. Redescribed as new by Wei, Chen, Xu, and Li, 1991, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 16: 381. Synonymy with Rana kukunoris by Xie, Ye, Fei, and Jiang, 2000, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 25: 228-235.

Rana chensinensis kangdingensis Wei and Chen, 1990, Acta Zool. Sinica, 36: 78. Types: Not stated, but NWUX 860069, according to Wei, Chen, Xu, and Li, 1991, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 16: 382. Type locality: Kangding, Sichuan Province, China, 3300 m elevation. Redescribed as new by Wei, Chen, Xu, and Li, 1991, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 16: 378. Synonymy with Rana kukunoris by Xie, Ye, Fei, and Jiang, 2000, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 25: 228-235.

Rana (Rana) kukunoris — Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

English Names

Plateau Brown Frog (Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 172; Li, Zhao, and Dong, 2010, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 34).

Plateau Wood Frog (Li, Zhao, and Dong, 2010, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 34).

Distribution

Plateau region of western China (northwestern Sichuan, eastern Qinghai, Gansu, and very northeastern Xizang).

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Rana chensinensis by Xie, Ye, Fei, and Jiang, 2000, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 25: 228-235, where it had been placed by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 141. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 172-173, provided a brief account and illustration. In the Rana chensinensis group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 107. Li, Lu, and Li, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 268-270, provided a distribution map for China. Che, Pang, Zhao, Matsui, and Zhang, 2007, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 24: 71-80, discussed that status of this taxon. Li, Lu, Wang, Wang, Fang, and Li, 2005, Herpetol. Sinica, 10: 63-67, compared this species in China with Rana zhenhaiensis, Rana chensinensis, Rana dybowskii, Rana amurensis, and Rana huanrenensis. Zhao, Dai, and Fu, 2009, J. Zool., London, 279: 270-276, reported on landscape genetics in the Hengduan Mountains of Sichuan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1019-1025, provided an account for China and included it in their Rana asiatica group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 274-275, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Li, Zhao, and Dong, 2010, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 34-35, provided an account for Xizang, China. Zhou, Wen, Fu, Xu, Jin, Ding, Min, Che, and Zhang, 2012, Mol. Ecol., 21: 960-973, reported on the phylogenetics and biogeography of this species as part of a larger study of the Rana chensinensis complex. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 310–311, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Feng, Chen, Hu, and Jiang, 2015, Asian Herpetol. Res., 6: 291–297, reported on morphological variation and sexual dimorphism. 

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