Nanorana quadranus (Liu, Hu, and Yang, 1960)

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

Rana quadranus Liu, Hu, and Yang, 1960, Acta Zool. Sinica, 12: 286, 292. Holotype: CIB 571357, by original designation (misprinted in the English abstract as 571589). Type locality: "Kwan-yang, Wushan, Szechwan [=Sichuan], 1463 m altitude", China.

Rana quadranaHu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 511. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Rana (Paa) quadranusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 47.

Paa (Quadrana) quadranaFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 154; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 272.

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

Rana quadranaZhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 147.

Paa (Feirana) quadranaFei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 220.

Nanorana quadranusChen, 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.

Gynandropaa (Feirana) quadranusOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781.

Feirana quadranusWang, Jiang, Chen, Xie, and Zheng, 2007, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 3: 139–145; Wang, Jiang, Xie, Chen, Dubois, Liang, and Wagner, 2009, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 26: 500–09; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26. See comment under Dicroglossidae.

Nanorana (Chaparana) quadranusChe, 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

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

Swelled Vent Frog (Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 188).

Swelled-vented Frog (Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 476).  


High-gradient streams in forest and shrublands of the Wuling, Daba, Qinling, and Longment mountains of southern Shaanxi, southern Shanxi, southwestern Henan, southern Gansu, northeastern Sichuan, Hubei, northern Hunan, and western Anhui, China, 500–2700 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Related to Rana spinosa according to the original publication, although Dubois' taxonomy suggests that this is incorrect. See Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 150–153. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 289; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 220–221. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 188, provided a brief account and illustration (as Paa quadrana). Fan, Guo, and Liu, 1998, Amph. Rept. Shanxi Prov.: 73–75, provided an account for Shanxi. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Chaparana quadranus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 628. See comment under Nanorana with regard to the status of Feirana. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1430–1437, provided an accounts (as Feirana quadranus), figures, and map. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 382–383, provided a brief account (as Feirana quadranus) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 476–477, provided an account (as Feirana quadranus), photographs, and a range map. Huang, Duan, and Ji, 2014, Zootaxa, 3779: 497–500, reported on larval morphology (as Feirana quadranus). See comments by Zhao, Wang, Wang, Liu, and Lu, 2015, J. Henan Normal Univ. (Nat. Sci.), 46: 705–711, reassigning previous records from Henan as Feirana taihangnicus and Yerana yeiYao and Gong, 2012, Amph. Rept. Gansu: 57–58, provided a brief account and photographs. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 294–298, provided an account for Hunan, China. Yang, Jiang, Luo, Yang, Wang, Liao, and Hu, 2019, Asian Herpetol. Res., 10: 48–55, reported on microhabitat segregation between this species and Nanorana taihangnica (as Feirana) in the Qinling Mountains.

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