Nanorana pleskei Günther, 1896

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

Nanorana Pleskei Günther, 1896, Annu. Mus. Zool. Acad. Imp. Sci. St. Petersbourg, 1: 207. Syntypes: Including ZISP 1958 (Sungpan) according to L.J. Borkin In Hu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 463. Type locality: "Sung-pan" (= Songpan County) and "In-chuan [= Uomcjuan, probably Xiaojin Chuan river] in the Kham Mountains", Sichuan, China.

Nannorana pleskeiWerner, 1903, Abh. Math. Physik. Cl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss., 22: 369. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Rana PleskeiBoulenger, 1905, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 15: 378.

Rana (Nanorana) pleskeiBoulenger, 1918, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 43: 119; Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 107.

Montorana ahli Vogt, 1924, Zool. Anz., 60: 340. Syntypes: ZMB (9 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Dschiësongla, 3900 m hoher Pass südwestlich von Tatsiénlu", Sichuan, China. Type locality discussed by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 137. Synonymy by Stejneger, 1927, J. Washington Acad. Sci., 17: 319; Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 220.

Nanorana pleskeiLü and Yang, 1995, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 6: 69–72; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 25.

Nanorana (Nanorana) pleskeiOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781; Che, 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.

English Names

Songpan Slow Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Pleske's High Altitude Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 65).

Plateau Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 228).

Tibetan Frog (Khan, 2002, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 37: 160).


Eastern Tibet, south-central to northwestern Sichuan, eastern and south-central Qinghai, and southeastern Gansu, China, 3300-4500 m elevation. Recorded in Haa District, Bhutan. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Bhutan, China, People's Republic of


Discussed by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 107; Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 323–328, and Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 220–221. According to Dubois and Khan, 1979, J. Herpetol., 13: 409, the Kashmir specimen reported by Mertens, 1969, Stuttgart. Beit. Naturkd., 197: 16, is referable to Nanorana vicina (as Rana). See discussion of type localities by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 137. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 295; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 228. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 181, provided a brief account and illustration. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 104–105. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted several larval descriptions of varying levels of completeness in the literature. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 630, who suggested that the Kashmir records are based on misidentifictions (e.g., Khan, 2002, Bull. Chicago Herpetol. Soc., 37: 161). Chen, Liu, Jiang, Xie, and Zheng, 2005, Herpetol. Sinica, 10: 47–51, discussed the species and provided a map (in legend given in error as Nanorana parkeri). Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1463–1469, provided an account for China, figures, and map. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 389, provided a brief accoun including photographs. Chen, Wang, Liu, Xie, and Jiang, 2011, Curr. Zool., Chengdu, 57: 785805, provided a complete mtDNA genome and discussed the phylogenetic placement of this species. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 482–483, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Wangyal, 2013, J. Threatened Taxa, 5: 4777, provided records from Haa District, Bhutan. Yao and Gong, 2012, Amph. Rept. Gansu: 49–50, provided a brief account and photographs. Che, Jiang, Yan, and Zhang, 2020, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 286–290, provided a detailed account for Tibet, China. See comment under Nanorana huangi with which this species has been confused in Weixi, Yunnan, China.    

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