Pterorana Kiyasetuo and Khare, 1986

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pterorana
1 species

Pterorana Kiyasetuo and Khare, 1986, Asian J. Explor. Sci., 1: 12. Type species: Pterorana khare Kiyasetuo and Khare, 1986, by monotypy.

English Names

None noted.

Distribution

As for the single species.

Comment

Placed in synonymy (as a subgenus) of Rana by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 329, but ranked as a genus by Chanda, Das, and Dubois, 2001 "2000", Hamadryad, 25: 108, on the basis of species autapomorphy. 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: 251, retained Pterorana as a genus pending its phylogenetic placement. Ao, Bardoloi, Ohler, and Grosjean, 2006, Alytes, 24: 22-39, discussed the morphology of the taxon and suggested that it is a member of the subsection Hydrophylax of Dubois (1992), including Amnirana, Humerana, Hydrophylax, Papurana, and Sylvirana, by possession humeral glands, but within this subsection excluded from Sylvirana and Humerana by lacking the apomorphies of those groups. They also mentioned similarities with Odorrana. Although these authors placed Pterorana as a subgenus within a broadly construed Rana, the subsequent partitions of Rana (e.g., Odorana, Hylarana, Sylvirana) make placement of this taxon problematic. It is retained here as a genus, not so much as I think it will survive molecular assay, but only because I do not know where else to place it (DRF). 

Contained taxa (1 sp.):

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