Quasipaa shini (Ahl, 1930)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Quasipaa > Species: Quasipaa shini

Rana shini Ahl, 1930, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1930: 315. Syntypes: ZMB (originally 4 specimens), unnumbered according to the original publication; MCZ 17651 (on exchange from ZMB, is a syntype according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 184). Type locality: "Yao-schan [= Dayao Shan], Nordteil der Provinz Kwangsi [= Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region]", China, 1500 m.

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

Paa (Paa) shiniFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 156; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 281.

Paa (Quasipaa) shiniDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 320.

Rana shiniZhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 149.

Nanorana shiniChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239, by implication.

Quasipaa shiniFrost, 2006, Amph. Spec. World, vers. 4.0: 358; 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 (not noted, but by implication).

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

English Names

Chinese Paa Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Spiny-flanked Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 206).


Northern Guangxi, southeastern Guizhou, central Hunan, southern Chongong, southeastern Ghiuzhou, to northern Guangxi, China, 510–1500 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Considered a synonym of Quasipaa spinosa (as Rana spinosa) by Liu, 1935, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 10: 55–60, but resurrected by Liu and Hu, 1962, Acta Zool. Sinica, 14 (Supplement): 76. See Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 142. For elevation of the type locality see Mell, 1930, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1930: 310. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 281; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 206–207. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 112, provided an account for Guangxi. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Paa shini) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 492. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1361–1365, provided an account (as Paa shini) for China, figures, and map, and included this species in their Paa boulengeri group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 374–375, provided a brief account (as Paa shini) including photographs. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 468–469, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Kong, Zheng, and Zhang, 2016, Zootaxa, 4205: 87–89, reported on advertisement call. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 283–286, provided an account for Hunan, China. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 155–157, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China. Gao, Dong, Li, Wang, Jiang, Yang, and Wang, 2019, MtDNA, Part B, 4: 1479–1483, presented mtDNA phylogeographic evidence that this taxon is composed of at least two, maybe more, cryptic species. Yan, Nneji, Jin, Yuan, Chen, Mi, Chen, Murphy, and Che, 2021, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 163 (107218): 1–7, reported on phylogenetics and phylogeography.   

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