Monday, July 11, 2011

[Herpetology • 2010] Leptolalax tamdil • Megophryid frog from Mizoram, northeastern India

Leptolalax tamdil
Sengupta, Sailo, Lalremsanga, Das & Das, 2010

A new species of megophryid frog of the genus Leptolalax is described from the Tamdil wetlands of Mizoram State, north-eastern India. Leptolalax tamdil new species, is compared with congeners from India and other parts of south-east Asia. The new species is diagnosable in showing the following combination of characters: SVL 32.3 mm in the only male and 31.8 mm in the only female known; dorsum tuberculate; eyelids with tubercles; tympanum and supratympanic fold distinct; supratympanic fold extending to posterior edge of tympanum; macroglands, including preaxillary, pectoral, femoral and ventrolateral glands present; Finger II > I; toe tips not dilated, bearing dermal fringes; relatively long hind limbs, with heels in contact when limbs are held perpendicular to body; dorsum with dark blotches; flanks with small dark blotches; dark tympanic mask present; venter pale; labial bars present and limbs with dark cross-bars.

Key words: Leptolalax tamdil sp. nov. Megophryidae, Mizoram, north-eastern India

Type locality: Tamdil, 23°44.399′N, 92°57.313′E, 745 m a.s.l.; datum wgs-84), Mizoram State, north-east India.
Holotype: ZSI A10962.

Sengupta, S., S. Sailo, H.T. Lalremsanga, A. Das & I. Das. 2010: A new species of Leptolalax (Anura: Megophryidae) from Mizoram, North-eastern India. Zootaxa, 2406: 57–68. Preview

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