Odorrana nasica (Boulenger, 1903)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Odorrana > Species: Odorrana nasica

Rana nasica Boulenger, 1903, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 12: 187. Syntypes: BMNH (4 specimens), by original designation, these being BMNH 1947.2.2.88–91 (formerly 1903.4.29.55–56) according to museum records. Type locality: "Man-Son Mountains, Tonkin, altitude 3000–4000 ft.", Vietnam.

Rana (Hylorana) nasicaBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 125.

Hylarana nasicaBourret, 1939, Annexe Bull. Gen. Instr. Publique, Hanoi, 1939: 36.

Staurois nasicaLiu and Hu, 1960 "1959", Acta Zool. Sinica, 11: 511; Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 229.

Amolops nasicus — Hu, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 455; Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 165.

Huia nasicaYang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 31.

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

Odorrana nasicaChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239; Ngo, Murphy, Liu, Lathrop, and Orlov, 2006, Amphibia-Reptilia, 27: 81; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3; Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 54.

Bamburana nasicaFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 35. See comment under Ranidae record.

Odorrana (Bamburana) nasica — Chen, Mo, Lin, and Qin, 2024, ZooKeys, 1190: 133. 

English Names

Tonkin Huia Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 99).

Long-snout Torrent Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 234).

Vietnamese Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 112).

Long-snouted Stinky Frog (Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 39).


Tonkin, northern Vietnam (Lao Cai, Bac Giang, and Cao Bang south through Lai Chau, to Ha Tinh and Thua Thien Hue provinces), to southwestern Yunnan, China; in adjacent Laos; possibly in northwestern Thailand (see comment) although confirmation from Wijayarana melasma requires confirmation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Laos, Vietnam


According to Yang, 1991, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 63: 31, specimens reported earlier from China are not Huia nasica. See accounts (as Rana nasica) by Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 171; and Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 352–354. See comments by Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 13. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 234–235, provided a brief account (as Amolops nasicus), map, and figure. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 70, provided an account for Guangxi. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 86, stated the species to occur in Laos. Stuart, 1999, in Duckworth et al. (eds.), Wildlife in Lao PDR: 45, reported the species in Annamite Mountains of Laos. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 112–113, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 21, provided specific localities for Vietnam. Ngo, Murphy, Liu, Lathrop, and Orlov, 2006, Amphibia-Reptilia, 27: 81, noted that Huia nasica is imbedded within Odorrana as traditionally recognized. Stuart, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 476–477, provided specific localities in Laos. Frost, 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: 305, extended the range to Ha Tinh Province in north-central Vietnam. 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. Tran, Pham, and Nguyen, 2018, Proc. 3rd Natl. Sci. Conf. Biol. Res. Teach. Vietnam: 271–277, provided a record from Sin Ho District, Lai Chau Province, Vietnam. Luong, Pham, Do, Hoang, Phan, Nguyen, Ziegler, and Le, 2021, Check List, 17: 445–458, provided records from Lai Chau Province, Vietnam, and discussed the range. Zug, 2022, Smithson. Contrib. Zool., 653: 39, briefly discussed identification, habitat, and range in Myanmar and suggested that the species occurs in Kachin, Myanmar, and northern and northwestern Thailand, while these two countries were excluded from the range by Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 51, who suggested that the Thailand record is referrable to Huia melasma. The Myanmar record reidentified as Wijayarana melasma by Sánchez-Vialas, Copete-Mosquera, and Calvo-Revuelta, 2024, Zootaxa, 5457: 19, and who also thought the Thailand record of Odorrana nasica to be referrable to this species. 

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