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

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

Rana unculuanus Liu, Hu, and Yang, 1960, Acta Zool. Sinica, 12: 164, 174. Holotype: CIB 581665, by original designation. Type locality: "Hsin-ming-hsiang [= Xinmin Xiang], Ching-tung [= Jingdong County], Yunnan, 2030 m altitude", China.

Rana unculuanaHu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 518. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Rana (Rana) unculuanusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42.

Paa (Unculuana) unculuanaFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 155.

Chaparana unculuanusDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 318.

Paa (Unculuana) unculuanusYe, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 269.

Rana unculuanusZhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 151.

Nanorana unculuanusChen, 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.

Chaparana (Chaparana) unculuanusOhler and Dubois, 2006, Zoosystema, 28: 781.

Unculurana unculuanusFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 26. See comment under Dicroglossidae.

Nanorana (Chaparana) unculuanus — Hofmann, Baniya, Litvinchuk, Miehe, Li, and Schmidt, 2019, Ecol. Evol., 9: 14506.

English Names

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


Known from the Jingdong County region of central and southern Yunnan, China, to the Vietnam border; expected in adjacent Vietnam.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Likely/Controversially Present: Vietnam

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Reviewed by Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 171–174. In the Rana lateralis group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42. Removed from this group by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 318. See accounts by Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 157–159; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 291; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 222–223. Dubois and Ohler, 2005, J. Nat. Hist., London, 39: 1759–1778, made a detailed comparison with Nanorana aenea (as Chaparana). Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 86–87, provided a brief account (as Paa unculuanus) for Yunnan, China. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Chaparana unculuanus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 477. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1450-1455, provided an account (as Unculuana unculuanus), figures, and map. Not addressed, and therefore not assigned to subgenus, by Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107: 13765–13770, and Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 366–367, provided a brief account (as Unculuana unculuanus) including photographs. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 473, provided an account (as Unculuana unculuanus), photographs, and a range map for China. 

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