A new species of Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from southern China

Yik Hei SUNG, Ping Hu, Jian Wang, Hai Jun Liu, Ying Yong Wang*

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A new species, Amolops albispinus sp. nov. is described based on a series of specimens collected from Mt. Wutong, Shen-zhen, Guangdong Province, China. The new species can be distinguished from other known congeners by molecular divergence in the mitochondrial COI and 16S rRNA gene and morphological characters including presence of white conical spines on the lips, loreal and temporal regions, excluding the tympanum; small body, SVL 36.7-42.4 mm in adult males and 43.1-51.9 mm in adult females; very rough dorsal skin of body with numerous raised large warts; olive-brown dorsum with dark brown blotches; strongly developed vomerine teeth; absence of vocal sacs; absence of tarsal glands; absence of dorsolateral folds; presence of circummarginals groove on the disk of first finger; and absence of outer metatarsal tubercles. At present, the genus Amolops contains 51 species, of which 23 occur in China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-538
Number of pages14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sept 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

User-Defined Keywords

  • Amolops albispinus sp. nov.
  • Anura
  • China
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Morphology
  • Ranidae


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