Hylarana similis (Günther, 1873)

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

English Names

Laguna del Bay Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).


Luzon, Polillo, Catañduanes, Marinduque, and possibly other islands connected to Luzon in the Pleistocene, Philippines, in lower montane and lowland forests.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Philippines

Endemic: Philippines


In the Section Hylarana, subsection Hydrophylax, subgenus Pulchrana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326. Removed from the synonym of Rana signata by Taylor, 1920, Philipp. J. Sci., 16: 220, and subsequently by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326, where it had been placed by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 177; and (as Rana signata similis) by Inger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 312–322. See discussion and account by Brown and Guttman, 2002, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 76: 393–461, who reported on morphometrics, advertisement call, biochemical systematics, and biogeography. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Rana similis) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 633.

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