Amolops loloensis (Liu, 1950)

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

Staurois loloensis Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 353. Holotype: FMNH 49408, by original designation. Type locality: "Lolokou, Chaochiaohsien, Sikang [= Szechwan], 10000 feet altitude", China.

Amolops loloensisInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication; Zhao In Hu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 455; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 166; Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 17; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3.

Staurois liangshanensis Wu and Zhao, 1984, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 3 (4): 5. Types: CIB, by original designation. Type locality: Qiliba, Zhaojue County, Sichuan Province, China, 3000 m elevation [original in Chinese; this translation provided by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 134]. Synonymy by Lyu, Zeng, Wan, Yang, Li, Pang, and Wang, 2019, Zootaxa, 4609: 247.

Amolops (Amolops) liangshanensis — Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 321.

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

English Names

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

Rufous-spotted Torrent Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 236).


High-gradients streams in western and southern Sichuan to north-central Yunnan, China, 1840-3700 m elevation.


Discussed (as Staurois loloensis) by Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 235–237. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 236, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 209, provided a brief account and illustration. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 112–113. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 95–96, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 476. Wiens, Sukumaran, Pyron, and Brown, 2009, Evolution, 63: 1217–1231, found Amolops loloensis sequences to fit two places in their ranid tree, in one place as the sister taxon of Pseudorana weiningensis, suggesting that this terminal may actually represent a misidentified Pseudorana. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1535–1538, 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.: 406–407, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 420–421, 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. Nomenclature discussed by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 340, and Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 134. Amolops liangshanensis regarded as a synonym of Amolops jinjiangensis by Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 176; without discussion. Cai, Che, Pang, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 49-55, found Amolops liangshanensis to be more closely related to Amolops loloensis than to Amolops jinjiangensis.  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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