Zoological Research ›› 2019, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (6): 564-574.doi: 10.24272/j.issn.2095-8137.2019.032

Special Issue: Amphibians & reptiles

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A new species of the genus Xenophrys (Anura:Megophryidae) from northern Thailand

Yun-He Wu1,2,3,Chatmongkon Suwannapoom4,Nikolay A. Poyarkov,Jr.5,6,Parinya Paawangkhanant4,Kai Xu1,2,Jie-Qiong Jin1,Robert W. Murphy1,7,Jing Che1,3()   

  1. 1. State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution State, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China
    2. Kunming College of Life Science, University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650204, China
    3. Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yezin Nay Pyi Taw 05282, Myanmar
    4. School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Phayao, Phayao 56000, Thailand
    5. Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Biological Faculty, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991, Russia
    6. Joint Russian-Vietnamese Tropical Research and Technological Center, 63 Nguyen Van Huyen Road, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam
    7. Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto M5S 2C6, Canada
  • Received:2019-06-29 Accepted:2019-09-25 Online:2019-11-18 Published:2019-10-14
  • Contact: Jing Che E-mail:chej@mail.kiz.ac.cn
  • Supported by:
    the Strategic Priority Research Program A of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS)((XDA19050303));Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute((Y4ZK111B01: 2017CASSEABRIQG002));the International Partnership Program((152453KYSB20170033));CAS(Large Research Infrastructure Funding)to J. C.;the CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative((PIFI));NSERC Discovery Grant((3148));ROM Foundation, and ROM MembersVolunteer Committee to R. W. M.; Unit of Excellence 2019 onBiodiversity and Natural Resources Management,University of Phayao((UoE62005));Thailand Research Fund: DBG6180001 and the Plant Genetic Conservation Project under the Royal Initiative of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn;University of Phayao (RS013)to C.S, and by the Russian Science Foundation grantNo. 19-14-00050 to N.A.P


Species of Xenophrys are conserved morphologically and live primarily in forests. In Thailand, the genus harbors many cryptic species. Herein we report the collection of specimens from Doi Inthanon, Chiang Mai Province, northern Thailand, which were identified previously as X. minor. Molecular and morphological analyses find that these specimens differ significantly from other known congeners, and therefore we describe a new species. Further, our phylogenetic analyses indicate that X. latidactyla is a junior synonym of X. palpebralespinosa.

Key words: Megophryidae, Xenophrys angka sp. nov., New species, Thailand