Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[Herpetology • 2017] The Taxonomic Status and Distribution Range of Six Theloderma Species (Anura: Rhacophoridae) with A New Record in China

Theloderma moloch (Annandale, 1912)
Yunnan, China, 1000 m elevation.

Photo by Mian Hou 


The problems of identification, number and distribution of Theloderma species living in China are discussed on the base of new original morphological and molecular data collected during the last years. According to the author’s results there are six known Theloderma species living in China: Theloderma albopunctatum (Liu et Hu, 1962), Theloderma baibungense Jiang, Fei et Huang, 2007, Theloderma bicolor (Bourret, 1937), Theloderma corticale (Boulenger, 1903), Theloderma moloch (Annandale, 1912), and Theloderma rhododiscus Liu et Hu, 1962.

Keywords: taxonomy; distribution; Theloderma; new records; China

Theloderma corticale (Boulenger, 1903)
English name. Tonkin Bug-eyed Frog, Kwangsi Warty Treefrog.
Etymology. The specific epithet is derived from Latin “cortex,” genit. cortices or corticulus, means bark.
Distribution. Known from south China, Laos, and Vietnam.

Theloderma bicolor (Bourret, 1937)
English name. Chapa Bug-eyed Frog. 
Etymology. the specific epithet is derived from Latin “bis,” means two, twice; and color is from Latin “color,” as hue, tint or complexion.
Distribution. Northwest to central Vietnam; southwest China.

 Theloderma moloch  (Annandale, 1912)

Theloderma asperum species group, such as Theloderma albopunctatum (southern China to central Indochina), Theloderma baibungense (SE Himalaya) and T. asperum (south Indochina to Malaysian Peninsula).

Theloderma rhododiscus  Liu et Hu, 1962


According to above discussion, currently there are six known Theloderma species in China, such as Theloderma albopunctatum (Liu et Hu, 1962), Theloderma baibungense Jiang, Fei et Huang, 2007, Theloderma bicolor (Bourret, 1937), Theloderma corticale (Boulenger, 1903), Theloderma moloch (Annandale, 1912), and Theloderma rhododiscus Liu et Hu, 1962 

Hou Mian, Yu Guo-Hua, Chen Hong-man, Liao Chang-Le, Zhang Li, Chen Jin, Li Pi-Peng and Nikolai L. Orlov. 2017. The Taxonomic Status and Distribution Range of Six Theloderma Species (Anura: Rhacophoridae) with A New Record in China.
 Russian Journal of Herpetology. 24(2); 91-127.
 Theloderma in China (Anura: Rhacophoridae); Taxonomic Status and Distribution Range 

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