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).


Known from Jinxiu and Dayaoshan in Guangxi province, and Jianfenglian in Hainan province in China, and from the Lang Bian and Kon Tum Highlands of southern Vietnam through the Annamite mountains of Laos (Bolikhamxai,  Khammouan, and Xaignaouli provinces) and Vietnam , and also from Thailand in Phu Luang, Loei Province, 500-700 m elevation, and in Thailand above 1000 m elevation, and in China above 500 m elevation.


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 Pseudorana. 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. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 226–229, provided a detailed account for Hunan, China, as Pseudorana johnsiLuong, 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. 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.   

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