Rana johnsi Smith, 1921

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

English Names

John's Groove-toed Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 170).

Johns's Frog (Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 142).

Johns' Frog (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 28; Neang and Holden, 2008, Field Guide Amph. Cambodia: 77).


Known from Jinxiu and Dayaoshan in Guangxi province, and Jianfenglian in Hainan province in China, above 500 m elevation, and from nearby Bac Giang, Bac Kan, and Ninh Binh Provinces, Vietnam as well as from the Lang Bian and Kon Tum Highlands of southern Vietnam through the Annamite mountains of Laos (Bolikhamxai,  Khammouan, and Xaignaouli provinces); also from Cambodia (Mondulkiri Province), Thailand in Phu Luang, Loei Province, 500–700 m elevation, and in Thailand above 1000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cambodia, China, People's Republic of, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam


See brief account (as Rana sauteri) by Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 321–324. Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 148–149, who suggested that the nominal subspecies (Rana sauteri johnsi in Vietnam and southern China, Rana sauteri sauteri in Taiwan) might be different species. Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 14, subsequently discussed the issue and made the change. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 170–171, provided a brief account (as Pseudorana sauteri johnsi), map, and figure. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 190, provided a brief account and illustration (as Pseudorana johnsi). Stuart, 1999, in Duckworth et al. (eds.), Wildlife in Lao PDR: 48, reported the species for the Annamite Mountains of Laos. Chan-ard, 2003, Photograph. Guide Amph. Thailand: 142–143, provided a very brief account, map for Thailand, and photograph. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 28, provided specific localities for Vietnam and (p. 149) a photograph. Stuart, Sok, and Neang, 2006, Raffles Bull. Zool., 54: 140, provided a record for Cambodia. Stuart, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 477–478, provided specific localities for Laos. See comment under PseudoranaNeang and Holden, 2008, Field Guide Amph. Cambodia: 77, provided a photograph, brief account of identification, ecology, and range in Cambodia. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1106–1112, provided an account (as Pseudorana johnsi), figures, and map for China. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 298–299, provided a brief account (as Pseudorana johnsi) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 104–105, provided an account for Hainan. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 336–337, provided an account (as Pseudorana johnsi), photographs, and a range map for China. Hecht, Pham, Nguyen, Nguyen, Bonkowski, and Ziegler, 2013, Biodiversity J., 4: 507–552, reported a record from Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, Bac Giang Province, northeastern Vietnam and discussed the range. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 226–229, provided a detailed account for Hunan, China, as Pseudorana johnsiPoyarkov, Nguyen, Duong, Gorin, and Yang, 2018, PeerJ, 6 (e5771): 17, provided a record from Cuc Phuong National Park, Ninh Binh Province, Vietnam. Luong, Nguyen, Le, Nguyen, and Nguyen, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 375–387, provided records from Dien Bien Province, Vietnam, and discussed the range and natural history. Niyomwan, Srisom, and Pawangkhanant, 2019, Field Guide Amph. Thailand: 370–371, provided a brief account (description, photographs, habitat, and range) for Thailand (in Thai). Nguyen, Brakels, Maury, Sudavanh, Pawangkhanant, Idiiatullina, Lorphengsy, Inkhavilay, Suwannapoom, and Poyarkov, 2020, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 14 (2: e248): 218–249, discussed the range and provided a record from Xaignabouli Province, Laos. Chen, Wu, Zhang, Liu, Jin, Zhang, Zhang, and Yu, 2021, MtDNA, Part B, 6: 3493–3495, discussed the mtDNA genome and confirmed the placement of Rana johnsi within RanaLuong, Do, Hoang, Phan, Nguyen, and Pham, 2022, Biodiversity Data J., 10(e75595): 15–17, provided a record, photograph, and description of a specimen from Bac Kan Province, Vietnam.

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