Tuesday, May 15, 2018

[Herpetology • 2018] Amolops yunkaiensis • A New Species of Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from southwestern Guangdong, China

Amolops yunkaiensis  Lyu, Wang, Liu, Zeng and Wang, 2018

in Lyu, Wu, Wang, Sung, Liu, et al., 2018.


A new species, Amolops yunkaiensis sp. nov. is described based on a series of specimens from Ehuangzhang Nature Reserve and Yunkaishan Nature Reserve, southwestern Guangdong Province, China. The new species can be distinguished from all known congeners by molecular divergence in the mitochondrial 16S rRNA, 12S rRNA and CO1 genes, and a combination of the following characters: relatively small body size, SVL 31.8–34.1 mm in adult males, 35.2–39.0 mm in adult females; numerous raised large warts on dorsum and flanks; dorsal body olive-brown or light brown with dark brown blotches; absence of vomerine teeth; absence of tarsal glands; presence of a pair of subgular vocal sacs, nuptial spines on the first finger, and sparse translucent tubercles on the lower jaw, forechest, posterior belly and ventral thigh in male. Hence, the genus Amolops contains 52 species, 29 of which occur in China.

Keywords: Amolops torrentis, Amolops yunkaiensis sp. nov., mitochondrial DNA, morphology, Amphibia

Amolops yunkaiensis Lyu, Wang, Liu, Zeng and Wang, sp. nov.

Amolops torrentis (Smith, 1923): Fei et al. 2009 (Xinyi, Guangdong). Amolops torrentis: Wei et al. 2010 (Yunkaishan Nature Reserve, Xinyi, Guangdong).


Etymology. The specific name, yunkaiensis, refers to the locality of the new species, the Yunkai Mountains. We suggest its English common name “Yunkai Torrent Frog” and Chinese name “Yun Kai Tuan Wa”.

FIGURE 3. Morphological features of the adult male holotype SYS a004705 of Amolops yunkaiensis sp. nov. in life.
(A) dorsolateral view; (B) ventral view; (C) left hand; (D) left foot; (E) nuptial pad and nuptial spines; (F) sparse translucent tubercles on the lower jaw and forechest.

FIGURE 4. Comparisons of morphological characteristics among Amolops yunkaiensis sp. nov., A. torrentis and species in the A. ricketti species group.
(A) Amolops yunkaiensis sp. nov.; (B) A. torrentis; (C) A. albispinus; (D) A. ricketti; (E) A. wuyiensis.
(1) dorsolateral view; (2) close-up of the head; (3) ventral view of the hand; (4) ventral view of the leg.

 Zhi-Tong Lyu, Jun Wu, Jian Wang, Yik-Hei Sung, Zu-Yao Liu, Zhao-Chi Zeng, Xin Wang, You-Yu Li and Ying-Yong Wang. 2018. A New Species of Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from southwestern Guangdong, China. Zootaxa. 4418(6); 562–576.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4418.6.4


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