Rana zhenhaiensis Ye, Fei, and Matsui, 1995

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

Rana zhenhaiensis Ye, Fei, and Matsui, 1995, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 4–5: 83–84. Holotype: CIB 940371, by original designation. Type locality: "Chaiquiao (29° 85′ N, 121° 91′ E), Zhenhai County, Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, altitude 100 m", China.

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

English Names

Zhenhai Brown Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 154).


Eastern Hubei, central Henan, and southern Jiangxi south to northeastern Guangxi and southern Guangdong, eastern China.


This frog was formerly referred to Rana japonica. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 154–155, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Regarded as close to Rana chevronta and in the Rana japonica group by Xie, Fei, and Ye, 2000, Cultum Herpetol. Sinica, 8: 74–80. In the Rana longicrus group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 105. Li, Lu, and Li, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 268–270, provided a distribution map for China and doubted the published report for Heilongjiang Province. Li, Lu, Wang, Wang, Fang, and Li, 2005, Herpetol. Sinica, 10: 63–67, compared this species in northeastern China with Rana chensinensis, Rana dybowskii, Rana amurensis, Rana huanrenensis, and Rana kukunoris. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 995–1000, provided an account for China and included it in their Rana longicrus group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 280–281, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Yan, Jiang, Chen, Fang, Jin, Li, Wang, Murphy, Che, and Zhang, 2011, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 2, 2: 67, suggested on the basis of mtDNA evidence that populations from Fujian and Guangdong might be assignable to Rana longicrusFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 316–317, provided an account, photographs, and a range map for China. Records for the Dabie Mountains of Anhui and Hubei (and possibly Henan) are referable to Rana culaiensis according to Zhao, Wang, Wang, Liu, and Lu, 2015, J. Henan Normal Univ. (Nat. Sci.), 46: 705–711. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 211–212, provided a detailed account for Hunan, China. Li, 2011, Amph. Rept. Guangdong: 40, provided a brief account for Guangdong, China, and photograph. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 110–113, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China.  

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