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; BMNH 1947.2.3.31 (formerly 1922.7.4.4) may be the holotype according to museum records but this requires confirmation. Type locality: "Doi Chang, N. Siam, at about 1500 metres altitude", Chiang Mai province on the border of Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. 

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.

Chaparana fansipani — Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 99; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26.

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 Hofmann, Baniya, Litvinchuk, Miehe, Li, and Schmidt, 2019, Ecol. Evol., 9: 14506.

Chaparana aeneaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26. 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).

Doi Change Spiny Frog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 26). 


Known  from Chiang Mai and Nan provinces (northern Thailand), Houaphan and Xiangkhouang provinces, Laos, and Lao Cai, Son La, Nghe An Province, and Lai Chau Provinces, Vietnam; Huang Lian Shan Nature Reserve, Yunnan, China.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam


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). Teynié, Nguyen, Lorvelec, Piquet, Lottier, and David, 2014, Bull. Soc. Herpetol. France, 151: 26, provided a record from Phu Phan, Xam Neua District, Houaphan Province, Laos. Chuaynkern, Kaewtongkum, Ohler, Duengkae, Duangjai, Makchai, and Chuaynkern, 2018, Alytes, 36: 93–108, described the external and buccopharyngel morphology of the larvae. Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 290–291, provided a brief account (description, photographs, habitat, and range) for Thailand (in Thai). Makchai, Chuaynkern, Safoowong, Chuachat, and Cota, 2020, Amph. N. Thailand: 49, provided photographs, a brief account for Thailand, and a range map. 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. Luong, Pham, Do, Hoang, Phan, Nguyen, Ziegler, and Le, 2021, Check List, 17: 445–448, provided Lau Chau province, Vietnam, records and discussed the Vietnamese range.   

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