Pelophylax mongolius (Schmidt, 1925)

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

Rana nigromaculata mongolia Schmidt, 1925, Am. Mus. Novit., 175: 1. Holotype: AMNH 18149, by original designation. Type locality: "Mai Tai Chao [= Tumd Zuoqi], northern Shansi [now part of Nei Mongol Autonomous Region]", China.

Rana tenggerensis Zhao, Macey, and Papenfuss, 1988, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 2: 1. Holotype: CIB 80001, by original designation. Type locality: "along the north shore of the Yellow River (Huang He), at Shapatou Desert Research Station, Shapotou (37° 30′N 104° 58′E), Yinnan Prefecture, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China".

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

Pelophylax tenggerensisFrost, 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: 369; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13; by implication.

Pelophylax mongolius — Dufresnes and Litvinchuk, 2022, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 195: 728 (25 June 2022); Zhou, He, Ma, Xu, Zhai, Guan, Wang, and Shi, 2022, Zootaxa, 5165: 486 (17 July 2022).

Pelophylax mongolicus — Zhou, He, Ma, Xu, Zhai, Guan, Wang, and Shi, 2022, Zootaxa, 5165: 486. Incorrect subsequent spelling. 

English Names

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


Known from the provinces of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, and Shaanxi, China.


Synonymized (as Pelophylax teggenrenensis) with Pelophylax nigromaculatus; without discussion, by Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: XXX. This synonym apparently accepted by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 305-352, and Dubois and Ohler, 1996 "1994", Zool. Polon., 39: 178-179 (who did not mention it), but not by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: XXX, who retained an account for this species. See map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana tenggerensis) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 513. Dufresnes and Litvinchuk, 2022, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 195: 728, discussed the taxon and its molecular markers and provided the older name Pelophylax mongolius for Pelophylax teggerensis as did Zhou, He, Ma, Xu, Zhai, Guan, Wang, and Shi, 2022, Zootaxa, 5165: 486–500, a couple of weeks later, as well as providing a distribution map, discussion of morphology, and molecular markers (placing this species as the sister of Pelophylax fukienensis.  

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