Korean brown frog

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Korean brown frog
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Ranidae
Genus: Rana
R. coreana
Binomial name
Rana coreana
Okada, 1928

Rana temporaria coreana Okada, 1928
Rana amurensis coreana (Okada, 1928)
Rana kunyuensis Lu and Li, 2002

The Korean brown frog (Rana coreana) is a species of frog in the genus Rana. It is native to the Korean Peninsula and Shandong, China.[2]

Taxonomy and systematics[edit]

The Korean brown frog has earlier mostly been considered as subspecies of Rana amurensis, that is, R. a. coreana. However, morphological and genetic analyses support its status as a distinct species, though closely related to R. amurensis.[3] The boundary between these two species is unclear.[1]

Until recently, Korean brown frog was considered Korean endemic. However, molecular and morphological evidence show Rana kunyuensis from Mount Kunyu in the Shandong province of China is the same species as Korean brown frog and its junior synonym.[2][4]


It is the smallest of brown frogs in Korea, with males reaching up to 38 mm (1.5 in) and females to 44 mm (1.7 in) in snout-vent length.[5]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Korean brown frog inhabits in coniferous, mixed and deciduous forests, shrublands, and grasslands. Most commonly it occurs in open, wet places (e.g., wet meadows, swamps, riverbanks, floodplains, etc.). They breed in shallow lakes, ponds, ditches, large puddles, and marshes. Hibernating frogs can be found in large numbers in the bottom mud of ponds and pools.[1]

Korean brown frog may be locally threatened by habitat loss, but this common species is not threatened overall.[1]

The now-synonymized Rana kunyuensis has been assessed as "Data Deficient" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Jae-Young Song (2004). "Rana coreana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T135860A4212618. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T135860A4212618.en.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Rana coreana Okada, 1928". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  3. ^ Song, J.-Y.; Matsui, Masafumi; Chung, Kyu-Hoi; Oh, Hong-Shik; Zhao (2006). "Distinct specific status of the Korean brown frog, Rana amurensis coreana (Amphibia: Ranidae)" (PDF). Zoological Science. 23 (2): 219–224. doi:10.2108/zsj.23.219. PMID 16603814.
  4. ^ Zhou, Yu; Yang, Bao-Tian; Li, Pi-Peng; Min, Mi-Sook; Fong, Jonathan J.; Dong, Bing-Jun; Zhou, Zheng-Yan; Lu, Yu-Yan (2015). "Molecular and morphological evidence for Rana kunyensis as a junior synonym of Rana coreana (Anura: Ranidae)". Journal of Herpetology. 49 (2): 302–307. doi:10.1670/13-111.
  5. ^ "Rana coreana". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ Li Pipeng, Xie Feng (2004). "Rana kunyuensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T58636A11816906. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T58636A11816906.en.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)