Odorrana versabilis (Liu and Hu, 1962)

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

Rana versabilis Liu and Hu, 1962, Acta Zool. Sinica, 14 (Supplement): 89, 103. Holotype: CIB 603803, by original designation. Type locality: "San-men of Hua-ping, Lung-shen-hsien [= Longsheng County], altitude 870 m, Kwangsi [= Guangxi Xiang Autonomous Region]", China.

Odorrana versabilisFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 149; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 261; Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 190; Song, Jang, Zou, and Shi, 2002, Herpetol. Sinica, 9: 70.

Rana (Odorrana) versabilisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 329.

Odorrana (Bamburana) versabilisFei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 125.

Huia versabilisFrost, 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.

Odorrana versabilisChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication.

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

English Names

Kwangsi Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 110).

Bamboo Leaf Odorous Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 190).

Bamboo-leaf Frog (Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 322).


Southeastern China, from central Jiangxi, Hunan, and northern Guangdong west to eastern Guizhou and western Guangxi, 800 to 1350 m elevation.

Geographics occurrence

Natural resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic to the political unit: China, People's Republic of


Section Hylarana, subsection Hylarana, Rana (Odorrana) andersonii group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 329. Related to Rana sanguinea according to the original publication. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 190-191, provided a brief account, map, and figure (as including Rana nasuta and Rana exiliversabilis, both subsequently described from Fujian and Hainan). Li, Ye, and Fei, 2001, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 26: 593-600, reported on morphometric and biochemical variation across geography and suggested that this nominal species is composed at least three species represented by their samples from: 1) Guanxi, Hunan, Guizhou, Jiangxi, and Anhui (Qimen); 2) Fujian, Zhejiang, and Anhui (Huangshan) and 3) Hainan I. These populations were subsequently named as Odorrana exiliversabilis and Odorrana nasuta by Fei, Ye, and Li, 2001, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 26: 601-607. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 78-79, provided an account for Zhejiang populations. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 101, provided an account (as Odorrana versabilis) for Guangxi. Ye and Fei, 2001, Acta Zool. Sinica, 47: 528-534, placed this in their Odorrana livida group. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1207-1211, provided an account, figures, and map for China. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 322-323, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 362–363, provided an account (as Bamburana versabilis), photographs, and a range map. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 244–247, provided an account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 51, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 124–126, provided (as Bamburana versabilis) taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China.        

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