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Published: 2022-07-18

Taxonomic status of Rana nigromaculata mongolia and the validity of Pelophylax tenggerensis (Anura, Ranidae)

Bioscience and Technology College, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, PR China 2Key Lab of Global Changes and Biological Invasions, Liaoning Province, Shenyang 110866, PR China
State Grid Tianfu New Area Electric Power Supply Company, Chengdu 610094, PR China
Bioscience and Technology College, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, PR China
State-owned Assets Management Office, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, PR China
Bioscience and Technology College, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, PR China
Bioscience and Technology College, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, PR China 2Key Lab of Global Changes and Biological Invasions, Liaoning Province, Shenyang 110866, PR China
Bioscience and Technology College, Shenyang Agricultural University, Shenyang 110866, PR China 2Key Lab of Global Changes and Biological Invasions, Liaoning Province, Shenyang 110866, PR China
Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100044, PR China. Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, PR China
Amphibia biogeography diversity Pond frogs revision synonym

Abstract

The Black-spotted Pond Frog, Pelophylax nigromaculatus, is widely distributed across mainland China, Korean Peninsula, and Japan. The taxonomic relationships among P. n. nigromaculatus, Rana nigromaculata mongolia (sensu P. n. mongolicus), and P. tenggerensis have long been ambiguous. Here we examine the topotype specimens of P. tenggerensis and R. n. mongolia, and provide phylogenic analyses based on four mitochondrial DNA sequences. The combined evidences from morphology and molecular phylogeny have shown the distinct specific-level of P. n. mongolicus that distant from P. nigromaculatus, while indicating the homogeneity between P. n. mongolicus and P. tenggerensis. Thus, we suggest elevating P. n. mongolicus as a full species Pelophylax mongolicus comb. nov., and place P. tenggerensis to be a secondary synonym of P. mongolicus comb. nov.

 

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