Description of a new species of the genus Xenophrys Günther, 1864 (Amphibia : Anura: Megophryidae) from Mount Jinggang, China, based on molecular and morphological data

Ying Yong WANG*, Tian Du ZHANG, Jian ZHAO, Yik Hei SUNG, Jian Huan YANG, Hong PANG, Zhong ZHANG

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

A new species, Xenophrys jinggangensis sp. nov., is described based on a series of specimens collected from Mount Jing-gang, Jiangxi Province, Eastern China. The new species can be easily distinguished from other known congeners by mor-phology, morphometrics and molecular data of the mitochondrial 16SrRNA gene. The new species is characterized by its small size with adult females measuring 38.4-41.6 mm in snout-vent length and males measuring 35.1-36.7 mm; head length approximately equal to head width; tympanum large and distinct, about 0.8 times of eye diameter; vomerine teeth on two weak ridges; tongue not notched behind; relative finger length II < I < IV < III; slight lateral fringes present on digits; toes bases with thick, fleshy web; dorsum with tubercles and swollen dorsolateral folds; large pustules scattered on flanks; and unique color patterns. The new species represents the thirty-first known Xenophrys in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalZootaxa
Issue number3546
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Megophryidae
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Morphology
  • Taxonomy
  • Xenophrys jinggangensis sp. nov.

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