Nidirana pleuraden (Boulenger, 1904)

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

Rana pleuraden Boulenger, 1904, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 13: 131. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.2.46–50 (formerly 1904.1.26.13–17) according to museum records. Type locality: "Yunnan Fu (altitude about 6000 feet)", Yunnan, China.

Rana (Rana) pleuradenBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 9.

Pelophylax pleuradenFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 133–134; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 228.

Rana (Nidirana) pleuradenDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324.

Nidirana pleuradenChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 237; Lyu, Zeng, Wang, Lin, Liu, and Wang, 2017, Amphibia-Reptilia, 38: 494. 

Babina pleuradenFrost, 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.

Dianrana pleuradenFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 35. Not mentioned by the most recent revisors of the group, Lyu, Zeng, Wang, Lin, Liu, and Wang, 2017, Amphibia-Reptilia, 38: 483–502, although recognition of this genus is consistent with their tree.  

English Names

Yunkwei Plateau Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

Yunnan Pond Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 166).

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


Yunnan east of the Red River, southern Sichuan, and western Guizhou (Yunkwei Plateau), China.


In the Rana (Nidirana) pleuraden group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324. Accounts provided by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 90; Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 260–262, and Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 170–171. See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 228; Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 145–147; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 166–167. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 175, provided a brief account and illustration (as Pelophylax pleuraden). See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 96–97. In the Pelophylax pleuraden group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 111. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 72, provided a brief account (as Rana pleuraden) for Yunnan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1080–1084, provided an account (as Pelophylax pleuraden), figures, and map for China and included it in their Pelophylax nigromaculatus group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 290–291, provided a brief account (as Pelophylax pleuraden) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 330–331, provided an account (as Dianrana pleuraden), photographs, and a range map for China. Populations west of the Red River in Yunnan, China, were assigned to the new species Nidirana occidentalis by Lyu, Chen, Yang, Zeng, Wang, Zhao, Wan, Pang, and Wang, 2020, Zootaxa, 4861: 43–62. 

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