Nidirana lini (Chou, 1999)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Nidirana > Species: Nidirana lini

Rana (Nidirana) lini Chou, 1999, Herpetologica, 55: 301. Holotype: NMNS 3258, by original designation. Type locality: "China: Yunnan Province: Simao Prefecture: Jiangcheng Co., 8 km N Jiangcheng. A pond adjacent to a subtropical forest. 22° 39′ 57″ N, 101° 52′ 22″ E at an elevation of 1400 m".

Hylarana (Nidirana) liniFei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 120.

Nidirana liniChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 237; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 35; Lyu, Zeng, Wang, Lin, Liu, and Wang, 2017, Amphibia-Reptilia, 38: 494. 

Babina liniFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 368.

English Names

East China Music Frog ( Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 344, as Nidirana adenopleura). 

Lin's Montane Frog (Le, Pham, Nguyen, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2014, Russ. J. Herpetol., 21: 316). 

Lin's Music Frog (Lyu, Zeng, Wang, Lin, Liu, and Wang, 2017, Amphibia-Reptilia, 38: 494). 


Known only from Simao and Honge prefectures, southern Yunnan, China, northwestern Vietnam (Dien Bien and Son La Provinces), Laos (Xieang Khouang Province) and Thailand (Loei and Phetchabun Provinces). 


Most similar to Babina psaltes (as Rana) according to the original publication. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1181-1185, provided an account (as Hylarana lini), figures, and map for China and placed it in their Hylarana (Nidirana) adenopleura group. Chuaynkern, Ohler, Inthara, Duengkae, Makchai, and Salangsingha, 2010, Raffles Bull. Zool., 58: 291-310, redescribed the species and noted that specimens reported from Thailand as Rana adenopleura and some specimens from Laos reported as Babina chapaensis are referrable to this species. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 308-309, provided a brief account (as Hylarana lini) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 344–345, provided an account (substantially based on mainland populations now referred to as Babina lini, but in this case referred to as Nidirana adenopleura), photographs, and a range map for China; these authors also provided an account for their Nidirana lini, which was restricted to the vicinity of the type locality. The status of the mainland China versus Taiwan populations needs to be evaluated on the basis of molecular evidence (DRF) and is currently unresolved. Le, Pham, Nguyen, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2014, Russ. J. Herpetol., 21: 315–321, provided explicit records for Dien Bien and Son La provinces in northwestern Vietnam and provided an account including morphological, acoustic, and ecological observation. See  Lyu, Dai, Li, Wan, Liu, Qi, Lin, Wang, Li, Zeng, Li, Pang, and Wang, 2020, ZooKeys, 914: 127–159, for a discussion of the Nidirana adenopleura group and an entry into the extensive reidentifications in the literature of this group. 

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