Amolops chunganensis (Pope, 1929)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amolops > Species: Amolops chunganensis

Rana (Hylorana) chunganensis Pope, 1929, Am. Mus. Novit., 352: 3. Holotype: AMNH 30479, by original designation. Type locality: "Kuatun, northwestern Chungan Hsien, Fukien [=Fujian] Province, China, 4500–5000 feet altitude".

Staurois chunganensisLiu, 1941, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 15: 291.

Amolops chunganensisInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication; Zhao In Hu, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 453; Tian, Jiang, Wu, Hu, Zhao, and Huang, 1986, Handb. Chinese Amph. Rept.: 62; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 165; Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 1–42.

Amolops (Amolops) chunganensisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

English Names

Chungan Sucker Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97).

Chungan Torrent Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 230).


Widespread in isolated populations in southern Shaanxi, southern Gansu, eastern Sichuan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hunan, and Fujian, China. (See comment regarding records from Yunnan, China.)


Account (as Staurois chunganensis) by Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 337–344, and Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 226–229. Description corrected and amplified by Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 546. See accounts by Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 174–176; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 304; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 230–232. Matsui, Wu, and Yong, 1993, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 10: 691–695, reported on the advertisement call. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 202, provided a brief account and illustration. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 79–81, provided an account (as Staurois chunganensis) for Zhejiang populations. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 72, provided an account for Guangxi. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 86, provided the Vietnam record, although Bain, Stuart, and Orlov, 2006, Copeia, 2006: 55–56, suggested that these records should not be accepted until the specimens are compared with Amolops daorum and Amolops cucae. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 108–109. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 19, provided specific localities for Vietnam although Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 25: 59, suggested that these specimens (and the specimens from Yunnan) are referrable to Amolops mengyangensis. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 93–94, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1514–1519, provided an account, figures, and range map, and included the species in their Amolops monticola group. In the Amolops monticola group of Stuart, Bain, Phimmachak, and Spence, 2010, Herpetologica, 66: 52–66, who also suggested that nominal Amolops chunganensis may be a species complex. See comment under Amolops mengyangensis. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 398–399, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 408–409, provided an account, photographs, and a range map (that did include the discussed Yunnan records). Yao and Gong, 2012, Amph. Rept. Gansu: 41–42, provided a brief account and photographs. Yao and Gong, 2012, Amph. Rept. Gansu: 47–48, provided a brief account and photographs. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 300–303, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 60, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 140–142, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China. In the Amolops monticola group of Zeng, Liang, Li, Lyu, Wang, and Zhang, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 146 (106753): 1–9, who discussed phylogenetics. Wu, Yan, Stuart, Prendini, Suwannapoom, Dahn, Zhang, Cai, Xu, Jiang, Chen, Lemmon, Lemmon, Raxworthy, Orlov, Murphy, and Che, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 144 (106701): 1–13, suggested that this nominal species may be a composite of three lineages.     

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