Limnonectes fujianensis Ye and Fei, 1994

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

Nyctibatrachus sinensis Peters, 1882, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1882: 146. Holotype: ZMB 10373 according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 49. Type locality: "Mons Lofau (Provincia Canton) . . . . Lofau-Gebirge in der Provinz Canton (China)" = Lofau Mountains, Province of Guangdong, China. Given in error by Gee and Boring, 1929, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 4: 27, as "Hainan", China. Synonymy with Limnonectes kuhlii (sensu lato) by Boulenger, 1887, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 5: 482; Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 62. Considered incertae sedis in the subgenus Limnonectes by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 63. See synonymy of Paa spinosaJang-Liaw and Chou, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 262, suggested that this may be a senior synonym of Limnonectes fujianensis, pending additional research. See also synonymy of Quasipaa spinosa.

Limnonectes fujianensis Ye and Fei, 1994, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 19: 494. Holotype: CIB 64I1438, by original designation. Type locality: "Longdu, Chongan [County], Fujian (27.44° N. 117.42° E); altitude 600 m", China.

English Names

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


Fujian, Hunan, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Jiangxi, China (see comment); Taiwan.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Hong Kong, Taiwan


Similar to Limnonectes kuhlii according to the original publication. Formerly confused with Limnonectes kuhlii (e.g., Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 495; Pope and Boring, 1940, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 15: 13-86). Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1340-1345, provided an account (including the Taiwan population of Limnonectes "kuhlii" in the range), figures, and map. See comment under Limnonectes kuhlii for additional relevant literature. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 358-359, provided a brief account for China including photographs of specimens and habitat. Jang-Liaw and Chou, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 254-263, reported on molecular phylogeography. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 446-447, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Zhou, Qiu, Fang, Yang, Zhao, Fang, Zheng, and Liu, 2014, Zool. Res., Kunming, 35: 42–50, reported on call characteristics in China. Suwannapoom, Yuan, Chen, Hou, Zhao, Wang, Nguyen, Murphy, Sullivan, McLeod, and Che, 2016, Zootaxa, 4093: 181–200, suggested on the basis of molecular data that this species is the sister taxon of Limnonectes nameyi of Japan. See Limnonectes quangninhensisGuo, Yang, and Li, 2009, Colored Illust. Amph. Rept. Taiwan: 82–83, provided a brief account, photographs, and map for Taiwan (as Limnonectes kuhlii). Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 274–277, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 57, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph.     

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