Rana adenopleura Boulenger, 1909
Babina adenopleura is a species of frog in the Ranidae family. It is found in Taiwan and in the Yaeyama Islands (Ryukyu Islands, Japan). Its presence in China is uncertain, and records from Vietnam and Thailand refer to other species (e.g., Hylarana caldwelli). Populations from Yaeyama Islands might represent a distinct, as yet undescribed species.
Babina adenopleura is a medium-sized frog growing to 4.5 centimetres (1.8 in) snout-vent length. Upper surfaces are light brown to brownish green; the underside is whitish. There is a light golden brown line running from the tip of nostril backward through the upper eyelid and along the dorsolateral fold to the hip. The upper jaw has a yellow stripe. The sides of the body are light brown to grayish brown, with some dark markings. The iris is golden above and reddish golden below.
Reproductive season is from March to September. Males have a loud advertisement call and start calling after sunset, and may keep on calling whole night, even continuing after sunrise. Females lay eggs near pond margins.
Habitat and conservation
Babina adenopleura's natural habitats are paddy fields, marshes, ditches, ponds, and lakes with abundant submerged vegetation at low elevations. It is a common species not considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although habitat destruction and degradation are probably threats.
- Michael Wai Neng Lau; Gu Huiqing; Geng Baorong; Lue Kuangyang; Chou Wenhao; Yuan Zhigang (2004). "Babina adenopleura". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T58538A11798578. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Babina adenopleura (Boulenger, 1909)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
- Lue, Kuang-Yang. "Babina adenopleura". BiotaTaiwanica: Amphibian Fauna of Taiwan. Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility. Retrieved 22 November 2015.
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