Pulchrana Dubois, 1992

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pulchrana
18 species

Pulchrana Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326. Type species: Polypedates signatus Günther, 1872, by original designation. Proposed as a subgenus of Rana

PulchranaOliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 188. Treatment as a genus. 

English Names

None noted. 


Southern Vietnam, Peninsular Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Java, Borneo, Siberut Island, Sumatra, Singapore, Bangka Island, Natuna Islands, Sulu Archipelago, and the Philippines.


Removed from the synonymy of Hylarana by  Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 188, where it had been placed by Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3. See comment under Hylarana for access to relevant revisionary literature. Brown and Guttman, 2002, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 76: 393-461, discussed the phylogenetics of the Rana signata complex (Pulchrana) of the Philippines and Borneo. Chan, Abraham, Grismer, and Brown, 2020, Raffles Bull. Zool., 68: 880–890, summarized the state of knowledge of the Pulchrana picturata group (Pulchrana sundabarat and Pulchrana picturata). Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 423, recovered Pulchrana as monophyletic, the sister of the bulk of their Chalcorana samples, but, presumably because of the nonmonophyly of other hylaranines, these authors placed Pulchrana into the synonymy of Hylarana

Contained taxa (18 sp.):

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