Hylarana raniceps (Peters, 1871)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Hylarana > Species: Hylarana raniceps

Polypedates raniceps Peters, 1871, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1871: 580. Syntypes: ZMB 5020 (2 specimens) and MSNG 29376 (2 specimens) according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 49; Bauer, 2016, in Das and Tuen (eds.), Nat. Explor. Field Sci. SE Asia Australasia: 93, also noted ZMB 54894 as a syntype. MSNG 29376B designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 215. Type locality: "Pulo Matjan", Kalimantan, Indonesia, and "Sarawak", Malaysia. Restricted to "Sarawak" by lectotype designation.

Rana chalconota ranicepsInger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 177; Iskandar, 1998, Amph. Java Bali: 67.

Rana (Hylarana) ranicepsDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, by implication.

Rana (Chalcorana) ranicepsDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328.

Hylarana ranicepsChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 423. 

Chalcorana ranicepsFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 33; Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 189.

English Names

Peters' Malaysian Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

White-lipped Frog (Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 159).

Copper-cheeked Frog (Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 64).


Swamp forests in Sarawak, Malaysia, and adjacent Kalimantan (Indonesia), and Brunei, although likely more widely distributed; Serasan I., Natuna Is., Indonesia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Malaysia, East (Sarawak and/or Sabah)


Considered a junior synonym of Rana chalconota by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 201; it was revived (as Rana labialis) by Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 220-221. Stuart, Inger, and Voris, 2006, Biol. Lett., 2: 470-474, provided molecular evidence for this species being closely related to Hylarana chalconota and Hylarana labialis, suggested that the species was restricted to Borneo and indistinguishable morphologically from other members of the Hylarana chalconota group. All previous literature should be used with extreme caution. The following comments were added prior to the work by Stuart et al. (2006): Discussed (as Rana chalconota) by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 366-369; Berry, 1975, Amph. Fauna Peninsular Malaysia: 63-64. Liem, 1961, Herpetologica, 17: 69-71, compared Rana labialis with Rana chalconota. Before the discussion of Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 177, Polypedates raniceps was only tentatively considered a senior synonym of Rana labialis. Elevated from status as a subspecies of Rana chalconota; without discussion, by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 328. See discussion (as Rana chalconota raniceps) by Inger, 1966, Fieldiana, Zool., 52: 177-183. Sukumaran, 2003 "2002", Hamadryad, 27: 1-10, considered this taxon to be a subspecies of Rana chalconota. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 134-135, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Das and Dutta, 2007, Hamadryad, 31: 154–181, noted several larval descriptions in the literature. Reported for Pulau Langkawi, Kadeh, northwestern West Malaysia, by Grismer, Youmans, Wood, Ponce, Wright, Jones, Johnson, Sanders, Gower, Yaakob, and Lim, 2006, Hamadryad, 30: 61-74. Das, Jankowski, Makmor, and Haas, 2007, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 104: 159, provided a brief description. Das, 2007, Amph. Rept. Brunei: 64, provided a photograph and brief account, as Rana raniceps. Inger and Stuebing, 2009, Raffles Bull. Zool., 57: 534, commented on the range. Haas, Das, Hertwig, Bublies, and Schulz-Schaeffer, 2022, Guide to the Tadpoles of Borneo: 306–332, summarized the knowledge of habitat, reproduction, larval morphology and coloration. Herlambang, Riyanto, Munir, Hamidy, Kimura, Eto, and Mumpuni, 2022, Treubia, 49: 78, reported the species from Bunguran I., Natuna Is., Indonesia.

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