Amolops ricketti (Boulenger, 1899)

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

Rana ricketti Boulenger, 1899, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1899: 168. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens). Type locality: "Kuatun [=Guadun], a village about 270 miles from Foochow, in the [Kuatun] mountains at the North-west of the Province of Fokien [= Fujian], at an altitude of 3000 to 4000 feet or more", China.

Rana (Hylorana) rickettiBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 128, 216.

Rhacophorus tonkinensis Ahl, 1927 "1926", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1926: 116. Holotype: ZMB. Type locality: "Tonkin", Vietnam. Synonymy by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 387.

Staurois rickettiPope, 1927, Nat. Hist., New York, 27: 469; Noble, 1929, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 58: 291, 313.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) tonkinensisAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 110.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) buergeri tonkinensisWolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 168.

Staurois ricketti rickettiLiu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 356.

Staurois ricketti minor Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 356. Holotype: FMNH 49411, by original designation. Type locality: "Mapien, about 3,000 feet altitude, Szechwan", China.

Amolops rickettiInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 256, by implication; Zhao In Hu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 455; 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: 1–42; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3.

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

Amolops tonkinensis Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 45. New combination based on undisclosed (in press) evidence, while also saying it might be a senior synonym of Amolops yatseni

English Names

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

South China Torrent Frog (Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 414).

Tonkin Torrent Frog (Amolops tonkinensis: Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 45). 


Sichuan, Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangsi, Guangxi, southeastern Yunnan, and Fujian, China, 400–1300 m elevation; northern and central montane Vietnam, presumably in intervening Laos and possibly Cambodia.


See accounts by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 216; Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 558–562, and Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 387–390, as Staurois ricketti. See also Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 231–232. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 307; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 242–243. See comments by Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 13. Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 182–183, reported the species in Yunnan, China. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 210, provided a brief account and illustration. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 81–83, provided an account (as Staurois ricketti) for Zhejiang populations. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 71, provided an account for Guangxi. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 86, stated the species to be in northern Vietnam. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 98, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1565–1570, provided an account, figures, and range map, and included the species in their Amolops ricketti group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 414–415, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 432–433, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Hecht, Pham, Nguyen, Nguyen, Bonkowski, and Ziegler, 2013, Biodiversity J., 4: 507–552, reported a record from Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, Bac Giang Province, northeastern Vietnam and discussed the range. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 303–306, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 62, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 138–140, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China. Xiao, Luo, Deng, Zhou, and Luo, 2019, J. Zhejiang Univ. (Agriculture & Life Sci.), 45: 736–745, noted that on the basis of mtDNA analysis that records of Amolops ricketii from the  northern  (Xishui, Kuankuoshui),  central (Huangping, Majiang), eastern (Jiangkou), and southeastern (Leigongshan, Danzhai) parts of Guizhou Province, China must be referred to Amolops sinensis. In the Amolops ricketti 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. Pham, Do, Ngo, Tran, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2020, Check List, 16: 1025–1041, provided a record from Hai Ha District, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, on the Guangxi, China, border. Zeng, Wang, Lyu, and Wang, 2021, Zootaxa, 5004: 152, provided a map of genetically-confirmed localities. In the Amolops ricketti group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591.


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