Sylvirana spinulosa (Smith, 1923)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Sylvirana > Species: Sylvirana spinulosa

English Names

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

Fine-spined Frog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 176).


Southern and southwestern Hainan Island, China, 80–840 m elevation. See comment. 


Prior to the revision of Frost, 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, placed in the Section Hylarana, subsection Hydrophylax, subgenus Sylvirana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 326. See Bourret, 1942, Batr. Indochine: 320–321; Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 190–191; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 176–177. In the Hylarana (Hylarana) latouchii group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 117. Yang and Zhao, 2005, Sichuan J. Zool., 24: 309–311, provided a specific location and habitat. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Rana spinulosa) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 512. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 3: 1143–1148, provided an account, figures, and map for China and placed it in their Hylarana (Sylvirana) latouchii group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 319, provided a brief account including photographs. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 116–119, provided an account as Rana spinulosa. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 359, provided an account (as Sylvirana spinulosa), photographs, and a range map.  Gawor, Pham, Nguyen, Nguyen, Schmitz, and Ziegler, 2016, Salamandra, 52: 28–29, reported on an apparently unnamed "Hylarana sp." from Quang Ninh Province, in northeastern Vietnam that resembled this species. 

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