Rana huanrensis Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Rana > Species: Rana huanrensis

Rana huanrensis Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 131, 298. Type(s): Not designated; given as LIU (a presumed field number) 8704018, by Liu, Zhang, and Liu, 1993, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 18: 493–497. Type locality: Huanren County, Liaoning Province, China; given as "Balidiam, Huanren, Liaoning, Province (41° 23′ N, 125° 26′ E); altitude 520 m", China by Liu, Zhang, and Liu, 1993, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 18: 497. Not a nomen nudum as suggested by Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1033.

Rana (Rana) huanrenensisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333; Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 143; Liu, Zhang, and Liu, 1993, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 18: 497; Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835. Incorrect subsequent spelling according to Dubois, Crombie, and Glaw, 2005, Alytes, 23: 45. 

Rana (Laurasiarana) huanrenensisHillis and Wilcox, 2005, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 34: 311, by implication; see Dubois, 2006, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 317–330, and Hillis, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 42: 331–338, for discussion.

English Names

Huanren Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107).

Huanren Brown Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 158).

Korean Stream Brown Frog (Yang, Kim, Min, and Suh, 2001, Monogr. Korean Amph.: 64).


Liaoning and Jilin Provinces, China, and the Korean peninsula south to southern Rep. Korea. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Korea, Democratic People's Republic (North), Korea, Republic of (South)


In the Section Rana, Rana (Rana) temporaria group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333. Diagnosed inadvertently in a key. See Liu, Zhang, and Liu, 1993, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 18: 493–497, for augmented description. Closely related to Rana dybowskii (and previously reported in Korea under that name) according to Yang, Kim, Min, Suh, Kang, Matsui, and Fei, 2000, Korean J. Biol. Sci., 4: 45–50. Kim, Min, Yang, and Matsui, 2002, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 19: 369–382, reported on evolutionary relationships of this species with other Asian brown frogs. Yang, Kim, Min, and Suh, 2001, Monogr. Korean Amph.: 64–65, provided a brief account, figure, and map for South Korea. In the Rana amurensis group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 107. Li, Lu, and Li, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 268–270, provided a distribution map for China. Lu, Wang, Dong, and Li, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 259, provided a record for Jilin Province, China. Che, Pang, Zhao, Matsui, and Zhang, 2007, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 24: 71–80, found Rana huanrenensis to be imbedded phylogenetically within Rana chensinensis, and although they considered the two taxa likely to represent one species, they did not make the formal taxonomic change. Li, Lu, Wang, Wang, Fang, and Li, 2005, Herpetol. Sinica, 10: 63–67, compared this species in northeastern China with Rana zhenhaiensis, Rana chensinensis, Rana dybowskii, Rana amurensis, and Rana kukunoris. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1033–1038, provided an account (as Rana huanrenensis), figures, and map for China and included it in their Rana amurensis group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 270–271, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 304–305, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Li, Lian, and Lu, 2010, Res. Tadpoles Liaoning: 48–51, described and pictured the larva. Song, Chang, and Chung, 2005, Korean J. Environment. Biol., 23: 157–162, compared this Korean frog to the other Brown Frogs in Korea and Rana tsishimensisDong, Zhou, and Yang, 2016 "2015", MtDNA, Part A, 25: 4551–4552, reported on the complete mtDNA genome. Borzée, Litvinchuk, Ri, Andersen, Nam, Jon, Man, Choe, Kwon, Othman, Messenger, Bae, Shin, Kim, Maslova, Luedtke, Hobin, Moores, Seliger, Glenk, and Jang, 2021, Animals, 11 (2057): 1–37, provided a modeled distribution that show the species extending into P.D.R. Korea, although no confirmed records are currently known from there. Andersen, Chuang, Choe, Kim, Kwon, Jang, and Borzée, 2022, Zool. Stud., Taipei, 61(25): 1–10, reported on the elevational range (25–1135 m) in Rep. Korea. Jung, Choi, Suh, and Do, 2024, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 43: 135–147, discussed the current and expected range under climate change within Rep. Korea. 

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