Zoological Research ›› 2016, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (1): 31-40.doi: 10.13918/j.issn.2095-8137.2016.1.31

Special Issue: Amphibians and Reptiles

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A new species of the genus Amolops (Amphibia: Ranidae) from southeastern Tibet, China

Ke JIANG1, Kai WANG1,2, Fang YAN1, Jiang XIE3, Da-Hu ZOU4,1, Wu-Lin LIU5, Jian-Ping JIANG6, Cheng LI7, 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 North China Electric Power University Science and Technology College, Baoding Hebei 071051, China;
    4 Tibet University, Lhasa Tibet 850000, China;
    5 Institute of Forestry Survey, Plan and Research of Xizang Autonomous Region, Lhasa Tibet 850000, China;
    6 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu Sichuan 610041, China;
    7 Imaging Biodiversity Expedition, Beijing 100107, China
  • Received:2015-10-20 Revised:2015-12-18 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 Ministry of Science and Technology of China (2014FY210200 and 2011FY120200), the Animal Branch of the Germplasm Bank of Wild Species of Chinese Academy of Sciences (the Large Research Infrastructure Funding), and partially supported by the project "National Second Survey of Wild-animals in Xizang Autonomous Region of China".


A new species of the genus Amolops Cope, 1865 is described from Nyingchi, southeastern Tibet, China, based on morphological and molecular data. The new species, Amolops nyingchiensis sp. nov. is assigned to the Amolops monticola group based on its skin smooth, dorsolateral fold distinct, lateral side of head black, upper lip stripe white extending to the shoulder. Amolops nyingchiensis sp. nov. is distinguished from all other species of Amolops by the following combination of characters: (1) medium body size, SVL 48.5-58.3 mm in males, and 57.6-70.7 mm in females; (2) tympanum distinct, slightly larger than one third of the eye diameter; (3) a small tooth-like projection on anteromedial edge of mandible; (4) the absence of white spine on dorsal surface of body; (5) the presence of circummarginal groove on all fingers; (6) the presence of vomerine teeth; (7) background coloration of dorsal surface brown, lateral body gray with yellow; (8) the presence of transverse bands on the dorsal limbs; (9) the presence of nuptial pad on the first finger in males; (10) the absence of vocal sac in males. Taxonomic status of the populations that were previously identified to A. monticola from Tibet is also discussed.

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