Amolops lifanensis (Liu, 1945)

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

Staurois lifanensis Liu, 1945, J. West China Border Res. Soc., Ser. B, 15: 33. Holotype: CIB 1062, by original designation. Type locality: "Nan-kou ( . . .), Li-fan city ( . . .), Szechwan [= Sichuan], China; 5100 feet altitude".

Amolops lifanensisInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication; Tian, Jiang, Wu, Hu, Zhao, and Huang, 1986, Handb. Chinese Amph. Rept.: 62; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 167; Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 17; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3.

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

English Names

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

Lifan Torrent Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 236).


Lishan and Maoxian and possibly into Wenchuan counties, central Sichuan, China, 1300-2350 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


See comment under Amolops kaulbacki. Species status reconfirmed by Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 17. See account by Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 344-349. See also taxonomic comment by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 134. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 236-237, for brief account, map, and figure. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 208, provided a brief account and illustration. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 111-112. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 628. Tan, 1992 "1991", in Qian et al. (eds.), Animal Sci. Res.: 44-49, suggested on cytotaxonomic grounds that Amolops lifanensis from Maowen (phylogenetically close to Amolops granulosa) and from Lishan (phylogenetically close to Amolops loloensis) are different species. Wiens, Sukumaran, Pyron, and Brown, 2009, Evolution, 63: 1217-1231, suggested that nominal Amolops lifanensis (at least as attached to sequences in GenBank) represent two distantly related species. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1530-1534, provided an account, figures, and range map, and included the species in their Amolops mantzorum group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 404-405, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 418-419, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Liu, Song, Luo, Xia, and Zeng, 2019, Cytogenet. Genome Res., 157: 172–178, reported on this species as part of a report on the chromosomal evolution in the Amolops mantzorum species group. In the Amolops mantzorum group of Zeng, Liang, Li, Lyu, Wang, and Zhang, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 146 (106753): 1–9, and 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, who discussed molecular phylogenetics. In the Amolops mantzorum group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591.

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