Female Rana longicrus are bright red, while males are yellow or brown. On the head, black stripes are present near the eyes. Lips are black with white spots all over. On the dorsum, black spots form the shape of the Chinese character for "eight". Front and hind legs have crossbars (Lue 1990).
The tadpole of Rana longicrus has a rounded body, small mouthparts, and a high tail fin. Two black spots are visible on the dorsum (Kuramoto et al. 1984).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China, Taiwan
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Rana longicrus is commonly preyed upon by snakes in Taiwan, especially during the warmer summer months (Mao 1970).
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
General habitat alteration and loss
Kuramoto, M., Wang, C. S., and Yu, H. T. (1984). ''Breeding, larval morphology and experimental hybridization of Taiwanese brown frogs, Rana longicrus and R. sauteri.'' Journal of Herpetology, 18(4), 387-395.
Lue, K.-Y. (1990). The Amphibians and Reptiles of Taiwan. The Council of Agriculture, Taiwan. R.O.C.
Mao, S. (1970). ''Food of the common venomous snakes of Taiwan.'' Herpetologica, 26(1), 45-48.
Stuart, S., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Berridge, R., Ramani, P., Young, B. (eds) (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, IUCN, and Conservation International, Barcelona, Spain; Gland, Switzerland; and Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Originally submitted by: Jesse Lou (first posted 2000-08-09)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2009-05-11)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2009 Rana longicrus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/5080> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 31, 2021.
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