"Hylarana" latouchii

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"Hylarana" latouchii, also known as Kuatun frog, LaTouche's frog, or broad-folded frog, is a species of frog in the family Ranidae. It was formerly placed in genus Rana.[1] The specific name honours the collector of the type series: "Hylarana" latouchii was described by George Albert Boulenger based on three specimens collected by Irish ornithologist John D. La Touche in Guadun village in Wuyishan, Fujian, China.[2]

"Hylarana" latouchii is found in southern and eastern China and Taiwan.[3] Frogs from Taiwan might represent a separate species different from the mainland.[1] Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, moist montane forests, rivers, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, water storage areas, ponds, open excavations, irrigated land, and canals and ditches. It is not considered a threatened species by the IUCN.[3]

"Hylarana" latouchii is a small frog that may grow up to {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in snout-vent length.[4] Males are smaller ({{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} SVL) than females ({{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} SVL).[5] Mean sizes reported for Taiwanese "Hylarana" latouchii are larger, respectively {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} SVL. "Hylarana" latouchii is reproductively active throughout the year in Taiwan.[6]

Antimicrobial peptides can be isolated from skin of "Hylarana" latouchii.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Frost, Darrel R. (2013). "Hylarana latouchii (Boulenger, 1899)". Amphibian Species of the World 5.6, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. http://research.amnh.org/vz/herpetology/amphibia/?action=names&taxon=Hylarana+latouchii.
  2. Boulenger, George A. (1899). "On a collection of reptiles and batrachians made by Mr. J. D. La Touche in N.W. Fokien, China". Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1899: 159–172. https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/part/70008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named IUCN
  4. Lue, Kuang-Yang. "Hylarana latouchii". BiotaTaiwanica. http://amphibia.biota.biodiv.tw/pages/416.
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  6. Huang, Wen-San; Yu-Shan Cheng; Hsin-Yi Tu (2004). "Reproductive patterns of two sympatric ranid frogs, Rana latouchii and R. sauteri, with comments on anuran breeding seasons in Taiwan". Collection and Research 17: 1–10. http://web2.nmns.edu.tw/PubLib/Library/research/200412-1.pdf.
  7. Wang, H.; Lu, Y.; Zhang, X.; Hu, Y.; Yu, H.; Liu, J.; Sun, J. (2009). "The novel antimicrobial peptides from skin of Chinese broad-folded frog, Hylarana latouchii (Anura:Ranidae)". Peptides 30 (2): 273–282. doi:10.1016/j.peptides.2008.10.016. PMID 19022312.


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