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Published: 2018-10-31

Two new and potentially highly threatened Megophrys Horned frogs (Amphibia: Megophryidae) from Indochina’s highest mountains

Zoological Society of London, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4RY, UK.
Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney, NSW, 2010, Australia.
Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD, UK School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Center for Rescue and Conservation of Organism, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.
Hong Duc University, 565 Quang Trung Street-Dong Ve Ward-Thanh Hoa City, Vietnam.
Faculty of Biology, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Faculty of Biology, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Vietnam National Museum of Nature, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam. Graduate University of Science and Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Graduate University of Science and Technology, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi, Vietnam. Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Hanoi, Vietnam.
Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney, NSW, 2010, Australia.
Center for Rescue and Conservation of Organism, Sa Pa, Lao Cai, Vietnam.
Australian Museum Research Institute, Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney, NSW, 2010, Australia. Centre for Ecosystem Science, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia.
Amphibia Bioacoustics Hoang Lien Megophryinae Megophrys fansipanensis sp. nov. Megophrys hoanglienensis sp. nov. Panophrys Southeast Asia sympatric Xenophrys

Abstract

Megophrys are a group of morphologically conserved, primarily forest-dependent frogs known to harbour cryptic species diversity. In this study, we examined populations of small-sized Megophrys from mid- and high elevation locations in the Hoang Lien Range, northern Vietnam. On the basis of morphological, molecular and bioacoustic data, individuals of these populations differed from all species of Megophrys known from mainland Southeast Asia north of the Isthmus of Kra and from neighbouring provinces in China. Further, the newly collected specimens formed two distinct species-level groups. We herein describe two new species, Megophrys fansipanensis sp. nov. and Megophrys hoanglienensis sp. nov. Both new species are range restricted and likely to be highly threatened by habitat degradation. These discoveries highlight the importance of the Hoang Lien Range for Vietnam’s amphibian diversity.

 

 

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TAPLEY, B., CUTAJAR, T., MAHONY, S., NGUYEN, C. T., DAU, V. Q., LUONG, A. M., LE, D. T., NGUYEN, T. T., NGUYEN, T. Q., PORTWAY, C., LUONG, H. V., & ROWLEY, J. J. L. (2018). Two new and potentially highly threatened <em>Megophrys</em> Horned frogs (Amphibia: Megophryidae) from Indochina’s highest mountains. Zootaxa, 4508(3), 301–333. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4508.3.1