Nanorana quadranus
family: Dicroglossidae
subfamily: Dicroglossinae
Species Description: Liu, Hu, Yang 1960. Validated by Che J, Hu J, Zhou W, Murphy RW, Papenfuss TJ, Chen M, Rao D, Li P, Zhang Y. 2009 Phylogeny of the Asian spiny frog trip Paini (family Dicrogrlossidae) sensu Dubois. Mol Phylog Evol 50:59-73.

AmphibiaChina 中国两栖类.

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is endemic to central China, and has been recorded from 500-2,000m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It is an inhabitant of forest and shrubland, and breeds in hill streams by larval development.


It is a common species although some populations have experienced declines.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The most important threat to this species is over-collecting for food, although water pollution caused by the mining industry is also a threat.

Conservation Actions

There are many protected areas within the range of this species. It is necessary to ensure that the offtake of this species from the wild is managed sustainably.

Red List Status

Near Threatened (NT)


Listed as Near Threatened because this species is in significant decline (but at a rate of a little less than 30% over ten years) because it is being over-harvested for food and medicine, making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.


Li Pipeng, Zhao Wenge 2004. Nanorana quadranus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58245A11756909. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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