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A new phytotelm-breeding treefrog of the genus Nasutixalus (Rhacophoridae) from western Yunnan of China



A new treefrog of the genus Nasutixalus is described from montane evergreen forest in Yingjiang County, in western Yunnan, China. The new species, Nasutixalus yingjiangensis sp. nov., can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: medium body size (SVL 39.5–40.0 mm in adult males, 47.5 mm in a single female); tympanum indistinct and covered with tubercles; disc diameter of third finger greater than tympanum diameter; dorsal skin relatively smooth, scattered with small tubercles, those on head and anterior dorsum of body more dense and more prominent; light brown above with a dark brown marking between eyes and two broad dark brown lateral strips on the dorsum; iris with a weak “X”-shaped, light colored marking; interorbital distance shorter than the upper eyelid width; comparatively short foot (mean TFL/SVL ratio 67.0% and 62.9% in males and female respectively). The new species appears to be forest-dependent and was found in well-preserved montane rainforest; it inhabits the canopy and breeds in tree holes during the rainy season. The type locality of the new species is an isolated forest fragment surrounded by degraded landscape and efforts are already underway to protect the site. Nasutixalus yingjiangensis sp. nov. represents the third known species of the newly established genus Nasutixalus.



new species, taxonomy, molecular, NAmphibia, asutixalus yingjiangensis sp. nov., Yingjiang County

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