Nanorana aenea (Smith, 1922)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Nanorana > Species: Nanorana aenea

Rana aenea Smith, 1922, J. Nat. Hist. Soc. Siam, 4: 210. Holotype: BMNH (formerly M. Smith 5821), by original designation. Type locality: "Doi Chang, N. Siam [= Thailand], at about 1500 metres altitude".

Rana (Chaparana) fansipani Bourret, 1939, Annexe Bull. Gen. Instr. Publique, Hanoi, 1939: 31. Holotype: MNHNP 48.139 (formerly LZUH B-259), according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 43. Type locality: "near Chapa", northern Vietnam. Synonymy by Dubois and Ohler, 2005, J. Nat. Hist., London, 39: 1759.

Rana (Paa) aeneaDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 43.

Chaparana (Chaparana) fansipaniDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 318.

Chaparana (Chaparana) aeneaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 319. Ohler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781.

Nanorana aeneaChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239. Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 367.

Nanorana (Chaparana) aeneaChe, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2.

Chaparana aeneaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26. See comment under Dicroglossidae.

Chaparana fansipaniFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26. Unexplained recognition. See comment under Dicroglossidae.

English Names

Doi Chang Asian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).

Keel-backed Frog (Nutphund, 2001, Amph. Thailand: 133).

Doi Chang Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 108).

Fan-si-Pan Asian Frog (Chaparana fansipani [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).


Known  from the type locality (Doi Chang, northwestern Thailand), Houphan and Xiangkhouang provinces, Laos, and Fan Si Pan [Mt.], near Sa Pa, Vietnam; Huang Lian Shan Nature Reserve, Yunnan, China.


Dubois and Ohler, 2005, J. Nat. Hist., London, 39: 1759-1778, provided an account and redescribed the holotype. See Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 446-448, and Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 276-278, for accounts. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 108-109, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Account (as Rana fansipani) provided by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 374-376, and redescribed by Dubois, 1977, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 3, Zool., 480: 981-992. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 148, provided a photograph (as Chaparana fansipani). Chuaynkern, Kaewtongkum, Ohler, Duengkae, Duangjai, Makchai, and Chuaynkern, 2018, Alytes, 36: 93–108, described the external and buccopharyngel morphology of the larvae. Nguyen, Brakels, Maury, Sudavanh, Pawangkhanant, Idiiatullina, Lorphengsy, Inkhavilay, Suwannapoom, and Poyarkov, 2020, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 14 (2: e248): 218–249, discussed the range and provided a record from Xiangkhouang Province, Laos. 

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