Amphibian Fauna of Taiwan

Rana sauteri

Common Names

梭德氏赤蛙 (Chinese)

Languages: English


Diagnostic Description

A medium sized frogs, 4cm SVL in males, 5cm SVL in females. Slender body upper surface brown, red brown or dark brown. A "八" dark mark usually on the central part of back side. Two dorso-lateral ridges on both sides of the body (It is more prominent than in the Rana longicrus). A diamond shaped dark mark covers the tympanum. A thin dark bar cross between two eyes on top of the head, 4~5 cross dark bars on the back side of both legs.

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Taxon Biology

This frog mainly lives along banks of creeks or streams near secondary or primary forest. During non-breeding season it can be found in forest floor, distances away from the stream. It breeds in fall and winter, from September to November. Tadpoles brown or black, a sucking disc structure on the ventral side to adapt running water habitat.

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Ecology and Distribution




Commonly found in mountain streams of creeks from 200M to 3000M above sea level.

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  • Rana (Hylorana) sauteri — Boulenger, 1920, Rec. Indian Mus., 20: 124. (synonym)
  • Rana (Hylarana) sauteri — Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42. (synonym)
  • Pseudorana sauteri sauteri — Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 138. (synonym)
  • Rana (Pseudorana) sauteri — Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 333. (synonym)
  • Amolops (Pseudoamolops) sauteri — Jiang, Fei, Ye, Zeng, Zhen, Xie, and Chen, 1997, Cultum Herpetol. Sinica, 6-7: 74. (synonym)
  • Pseudoamolops sauteri — Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2000, Acta Zool. Sinica, 46: 23, 25. (synonym)