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A new species of the genus Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from high-altitude Sichuan, southwestern China, with a discussion on the taxonomic status of Amolops kangtingensis

Liang Fei1, Chang-Yuan Ye1, Yu-Fan Wang2,3, Ke Jiang1   

  1. 1 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu Sichuan 610041, China;
    2 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China;
    3 Zhejiang Forest Resource Monitoring Center, Hangzhou Zhejiang 310020, China
  • Received:2017-03-05 Revised:2017-05-10 Online:2017-05-18 Published:2017-05-18
  • Contact: Ke Jiang,E-mail:jiangke87615@hotmail.com E-mail:jiangke87615@hotmail.com
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    This study was supported by the Animal Branch of the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Large Research Infrastructure Funding)

Abstract: A new species of the genus Amolops Cope, 1865 is described from Xinduqiao, Kangding, Sichuan. It was previously identified as Amolops kangtingensis, which is synonymized to Amolops mantzorum in this study. The new species, Amolops xinduqiao sp. nov., is distinguished from all other congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) medium body size, adult males SVL 41.2–47.5 mm (n=15, average 43.9 mm), adult females SVL 48.5–56.6 mm (n=15, average 52.5 mm); (2) head length equal to width or slightly wider than long; (3) tympanum small, but distinct; (4) vomerine teeth in two tiny rows, separated by a space about one vomerine teeth row; (5) bony projections on lower jaw absent; (6) dorsolateral folds usually absent; (7) tarsal folds or glands on tarsus absent; (8) circummarginal groove on disc of finger I absent; (9) tibiotarsal articulation reaching nostril or beyond; (10) webs of toe IV reaching to distal articulation, other toes fully webbed to disc; and (11) vocal sac absent in males.