Zoological Research ›› 2016, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (1): 21-30.doi: 10.13918/j.issn.2095-8137.2016.1.21

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A new species of the genus Scutiger (Anura: Megophryidae) from Medog of southeastern Tibet, China

Ke JIANG1, Kai WANG1,2, Da-Hu ZOU3,1, Fang YAN1, Pi-Peng LI4, Jing CHE1   

  1. 1 State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming Yunnan 650223, China;
    2 Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Department of Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman OK 73072-7029, U.S.A.;
    3 Tibet University, Lhasa Tibet 850000, China;
    4 Institute of Herpetology, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang Liaoning 110034, China
  • Received:2015-10-17 Revised:2015-12-20 Online:2016-01-18 Published:2016-01-18
  • Contact: Jing CHE E-mail:chej@mail.kiz.ac.cn
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    This study was supported by the "Light of West China" Program of the Chinese Academy of sciences (CAS), the Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2014FY210200, 2011FY120200), and the Animal Branch of the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species of Chinese Academy of Sciences (the Large Research Infrastructure Funding)


A new species of Scutiger Theobald, 1868 is described from Medog, southeastern Tibet, China, based on morphological and molecular data. The new species was previously identified as Scutiger nyingchiensis, but it can be differentiated from the latter and all other congeners by the following combination of characters: (1) medium adult body size, SVL 50.5-55.6 mm in males and 53.8-57.2 mm in females; (2) maxillary teeth absent; (3) web rudimentary between toes; (4) prominent, conical-shaped tubercles on dorsal and lateral surfaces of body and limbs; (5) tubercles covered by black spines in both sexes in breeding condition; (6) a pair of pectoral glands and a pair of axillary glands present and covered by black spines in males in breeding condition, width of axillary gland less than 50% of pectoral gland; (7) nuptial spines present on dorsal surface of first and second fingers, and inner side of third finger in males in breeding condition; (8) spines absent on the abdominal region; (9) vocal sac absent. In addition, the distribution and conservation status of the new species are also discussed.

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