Pelophylax hubeiensis (Fei and Ye, 1982)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pelophylax > Species: Pelophylax hubeiensis

Rana hubeiensis Fei and Ye, 1982, Acta Zool. Sinica, 28: 293, 301. Holotype: CIB 74I0570, by original designation. Type locality: "Lichuan Xian, Hubei, alt. 1070 m", China.

Rana (Rana) hubeiensisDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41–42, by implication.

Pelophylax hubeiensisFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 133–134.

Rana (Pelophylax) hubeiensisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 332.

Pelophylax hubeiensisYe, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 221; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13; by implication.

Hylarana hubeiensisChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 237, by implication.

Palophylax hubeiensis — Zhao, Wang, Wang, Liu, and Lu, 2015, J. Henan Normal Univ. (Nat. Sci.), 46: 708. Misspelling of generic name.

English Names

Hubei Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107).

Hubei Gold-striped Pond Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 160).


Chongqing, Hubei, southern Henan, Anhui, Hubei, eastern Hunan, and Jiangxi, China, 60 to 1070 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


Mou and Zhao, 1992, in Jiang (ed.), Collect. Pap. Herpetol.: 15–26, suggested on the basis of identical call parameters, that Pelophylax hubeiensis is a junior synonym of Pelophylax plancyi. This was followed by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 147. But, Pelophylax hubeiensis was retained (as Pelophylax hubeiensis) by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 221; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 160–161. See comment under Pelophylax plancyi. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 174, provided a brief account and illustration (as Pelophylax hubeiensis). In the Pelophylax plancyi group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 110. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1043–1049, provided an account, figures, and map for China and included it in their Pelophylax plancyi group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 284–285, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 320–321, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. See comments by Zhao, Wang, Wang, Liu, and Lu, 2015, J. Henan Normal Univ. (Nat. Sci.), 46: 705–711. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 213–217, provided a detailed account for Hunan, China. Dufresnes and Litvinchuk, 2022, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 195: 727, placed Pelophylax hubeiensis into the synonymy of Pelophylax plancyi on the basis of low genetic distances. Conversely, Zhou, Zhang, Hu, Xia, Miao, Guan, and Shi, 2023, Herpetozoa, Wien, 36: 143–152, provided morphological and mtDNA evidence of the species distinction of Pelophylax hubeiensis from Pelophylax plancyi

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