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.


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. The species is provisionally retained here based on the lack of acceptance of this taxonomic change among Asian workers and pending a more detailed review of the taxonomic issue. 

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