Limnonectes fragilis (Liu and Hu, 1973)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Limnonectes > Species: Limnonectes fragilis

Rana fragilis Liu and Hu In Liu, Hu, Fei, and Huang, 1973, Acta Zool. Sinica, 19: 390. Holotype: CIB 64III3963, by original designation. Type locality: "Jingko Ling, Baisha Hsien, Hainan, altitude 780 m", China.

Limnonectes (Limnonectes) fragilisDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 63.

Limnonectes fragilisFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 153; Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 202; Song, Jang, Zou, and Shi, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 71.

Rana fragilisZhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 142.

English Names

Fragile Wart Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 99).

Fragile Large-headed Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 202).


Hills of central and southwestern Hainan Island, China, 290-1000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


In the Limnonectes (Limnonectes) kuhlii group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 63. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 269; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 202-203. Yang and Zhao, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 309-311, provided a specific location and habitat (as Rana fragilis). See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 482. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1335-1340, provided an account, figures, and map. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 356-357, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 92-95, provided an account as Rana fragilisFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 444-445, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. 

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