Pelophylax plancyi (Lataste, 1880)

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

Rana plancyi Lataste, 1880, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 5: 64. also Lataste, 1880, Le Naturaliste, 2: 210. Syntypes: Not traced, 2 specimens presumably originally in presumably in Lataste's personal collection which was deposited ultimately in the BMNH; BMNH 1920.1.20.1020 is by museum records a syntype. Neotype (presumably invalidly in the face of the existing BMNH specimen) designated as CIB 79I1764 by Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1056. Type locality: "Kiu-Kiang" [= Jiujiang Shi], Jiangxi Province, China. Given in error as "Peking", China by Gee and Boring, 1929, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 4: 32. Neotype from "Yongfeng, Beijiang City, [Jiangxi Province,] China". The status of this neotype designation is questionable, given that the original syntypes may still exist.

Rana (Rana) plancyiBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 9.

Rana plancyi plancyiKuramoto, 1983, Sci. Rep. Lab. Amph. Biol. Hiroshima Univ., 6: 253; Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 147.

Rana (Rana) plancyiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 41, by implication.

Pelophylax plancyiFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 133–134; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1–13; by implication.

Pelophylax plancyi plancyiFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 133–134; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 227; 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: 369.

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

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

English Names

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

Beijing Gold-striped Pond Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 162).

Green Pond Frog (Liu, 1931, Peking Nat. Hist. Bull., 5: 53; Boring, Liu, and Chou, 1932, Handb. N. China, Amph. Rept.: 33).


Extreme northern Fujian north and west to Shanxi and northern Hebei, with an isolated record in southeastern Liaoning, China, 50 to 200 m elevation. 


See Stejneger, 1907, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 58: 101–102; Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 85; Okada, 1931, Tailless Batr. Japan. Empire: 92–95, for synonymy and account. See also Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 509–510; Shannon, 1956, Herpetologica, 12: 36–38; and Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 166–167. Relationships with Rana nigromaculata discussed by Kawamura and Nishioka, 1979, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 55: 171–185. Kuramoto, 1983, Sci. Rep. Lab. Amph. Biol. Hiroshima Univ., 6: 253–267, suggested that Pelophylax plancyi fukienensis and Pelophylax plancyi chosenicus (as Rana) might best be regarded as distinct species, Pelophylax fukienensis and Pelophylax chosenicus and they are so treated here. See also Yang, Yu, and Park, 1988, Korean J. Zool., 31: 1–10, Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 146–147; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 227; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 160–161, who regarded Pelophylax fukienensis as a subspecies of Pelophylax plancyi pending more thorough evaluation of the Chinese mainland populations. Pelophylax hubeiensis considered a synonym (as Rana) of Pelophylax plancyi; without discussion, by Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 147. Fan, Guo, and Liu, 1998, Amph. Rept. Shanxi Prov.: 66–68, provided an account for Shanxi. 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: 1056–1061, 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.: 288, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 322, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Li, Lian, and Lu, 2010, Res. Tadpoles Liaoning: 38–41, described and pictured the larva. Dufresnes and Litvinchuk, 2022, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 195: 727, placed Pelophylax chosenicus and Pelophylax hubeiensis in synonymy on the basis of low genetic distances. These are provisionally retained in this catalog pending more extensive study of the issue. 

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