Introduction of Eleutherodactylus planirostris (Amphibia, Anura, Eleutherodactylidae) to Hong Kong

Wing Ho LEE, Michael Wai Neng LAU, Anthony LAU, Ding Qi RAO, Yik Hei SUNG*

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Abstract

An unidentified small frog species was first encountered in Hong Kong Special Administration Region (SAR), China, in 2000, where the local amphibian diversity is well-studied. We herein identified this unknown frog as Eleutherodactylus planirostris (greenhouse frog) using DNA barcoding. We found that its distribution in Hong Kong is widespread (>18 localities), and breeding has been observed in multiple occasions. The populations in at least four localities persisted for over seven years. We discuss its potential negative impacts to terrestrial ecosystems in Hong Kong, with particular concern of its potential competition with the endemic Liuixalus romeri. We call for studies to investigate the impacts of the introduced E. planirostris on the local ecosystem. Screening for E. planirostris in exported plants from Hong Kong should be carried out.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-89
Number of pages5
JournalActa Herpetologica
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Amphibia
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amphibians
Eleutherodactylidae
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greenhouses
ecosystems
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Keywords

  • Amphibians
  • Biological invasions
  • Greenhouse frog
  • Liuixalus romeri

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LEE, Wing Ho ; LAU, Michael Wai Neng ; LAU, Anthony ; RAO, Ding Qi ; SUNG, Yik Hei. / Introduction of Eleutherodactylus planirostris (Amphibia, Anura, Eleutherodactylidae) to Hong Kong. In: Acta Herpetologica. 2016 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 85-89.
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In: Acta Herpetologica, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2016, p. 85-89.

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)Researchpeer-review

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