Pulchrana moellendorffi (Boettger, 1893)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Pulchrana > Species: Pulchrana moellendorffi

Rana moellendorffi Boettger, 1893, Zool. Anz., 16: 363. Holotype: SMF 1072. 2a; SMF 5432 (formerly 1072.2a) designated lectotype by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 45, apparently in error. Type locality: "Insel Culion, Calamanianes-Gruppe, Philippinen".

Rana (Hylorana) moellendorffiBoulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 126, 180.

Rana signata moellendorffiInger, 1954, Fieldiana, Zool., 33: 312-322.

Rana (Hylarana) moellendorffiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, by implication.

Rana (Pulchrana) moellendorffiDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326 (no discussion).

Rana moellendorffiBrown and Guttman, 2002, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 76: 424.

Pulchrana moellendorffiFrost, 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. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 33;  Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 191. 

Hylarana moellendorffiChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 423. 

English Names

Culion Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108).


Lower montane and lowland forests of the Palawan Island group (including Balabac, Palawan, Busuanga, Coron, Culion, Caluit, and possibly other island connected to Palawan in the Pleistocene), Philippines.


In the Section Hylarana, subsection Hydrophylax, subgenus Pulchrana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326, who removed from the synonym of Rana signata, where it had been placed by Van Kampen, 1923, Amph. Indo-Austral. Arch.: 226. See discussion and account by Brown and Guttman, 2002, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 76: 393–461,who reported on morphometrics, advertisement call, biochemical systematics, and biogeography. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Rana moellendorffi) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 633.

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.