Rana sangzhiensis Shen, 1986

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

Rana sangzhiensis Shen, 1986, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 5 (4): 290. Holotype: HNNU 82-819, by original designation. Type locality: "Tianping Mountain, Sangzhi [County], Hunan [Province]; altitude 1350 m", China.

Pseudorana sangzhiensisFei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 137; Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 233.

Rana (Pseudorana) sangzhiensisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333.

Pseudorana sangzhiensisJiang, Fei, Ye, Zeng, Zhen, Xie, and Chen, 1997, Cultum Herpetol. Sinica, 6–7: 74; Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 115; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 37. 

Rana zhengi Zhao, 1999, Sichuan J. Zool., 18: cover 2. Holotype: CIB 2000I0003, according to the original publication and Zhao, 2000, Sichuan J. Zool., 19:134. Type locality: "Zhangcun Village, Hongya Co., Sichuan Province, China; 1300 meters"; subsequently stated by Zhao, 2000, Sichuan J. Zool., 19:134, as Zhaopoping, Zhangcun Village, Hongya County, Sichuan Province, China; 1300 meters. Synonymy by Wan, Lyu, Qi, Zhao, Li, and Wang, 2020, ZooKeys, 942: 141. 

Rana sangzhiensisFrost, 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: 370.

Rana (Rana) sangzhiensis — Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835, by implication, although suggested on the basis of undisclosed evidence. 

Rana (Rana) zhengi — Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835.

English Names

Sangzhi Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 109).

Sanzhi Groove-toed Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 168).

Distribution

Known from the type locality in the mountains of northwestern Hunan, from the vicinity of Zhangcun Village, Hongya County, Sichuan, and northern Guangdong, China.

Comment

Related to Rana weiningensis according to original publication. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 168-169, provided a brief account, map, and figure. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1112-1116, provided an account, figures, and map for China. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 298-299, provided a brief account including photographs. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 340, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835, suggested on the basis of undisclosed evidence that this species is not a member of PseudoranaShen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 221–226, provided a detailed account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 44, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. See Matsui, Tanaka-Ueno, and Gao, 2001, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 20: 77-84, for discussion of taxonomic history and evidence to place Rana zhengi as a member of the Rana temporaria group and rejection of a close relationship with Rana sauteri. Rana zhengi was redescribed by Zhao, 2000, Sichuan J. Zool., 19: 133-136. Che, Pang, Zhao, Matsui, and Zhang, 2007, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 24: 71-80, suggested on molecular grounds that Rana zhengi is distantly related to other Chinese brown frogs and discussed its taxonomic history. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1106, considered Rana zhengi to be a synonym of Rana johnsi, but did not comment on the evidence presented by Che et al., 2007. Yuan, Zhou, Chen, Poyarkov, Chen, Jang-Liaw, Chou, Matzke, Iizuka, Min, Kuzmin, Zhang, Cannatella, Hillis, and Che, 2016, Syst. Biol., 65: 835, confirmed that this species is not associated with Pseudorana.  Wan, Lyu, Qi, Zhao, Li, and Wang, 2020, ZooKeys, 942: 141, placed Rana zhengi in the synonymy of Rana sangzhiensis on the basis of molecular evidence and delimited the Rana johnsi group to contain this species and Rana johnsi. 

   

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