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A new potentially Endangered species of Megophrys from Mount Ky Quan San, northwest Vietnam

Tapley, B., Cutajar, T., Nguyen, L.T., Portway, C., Mahony, S., Nguyen, C.T., Harding, L., Luong, H.V., Rowley, J.J.L. (2021) A new potentially Endangered species of Megophrys from Mount Ky Quan San, northwest Vietnam. Journal of Natural History, 54 . pp. 2543-2575. ISSN 0022-2933. (doi:10.1080/00222933.2020.1856952) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:90575)

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Abstract

The genus Megophrys is known to harbour morphological cryptic species diversity. During field work on Vietnam’s third highest peak, Mount Ky Quan San, north-west Vietnam, we collected specimens of a new species of Megophrys at two locations more than 2000 m above sea level (asl). Phylogenetic analyses using mitochondrial markers place the new species within the subgenus Panophrys, a primarily Chinese radiation within the genus Megophrys. We describe the species based on an all-male type series and distinguish it from all other Megophrys species from mainland Southeast Asia, north of the Isthmus of Kra and nearby provinces of China (Yunnan, Guangxi and Guizhou) based on morphological, molecular and bioacoustic data. The new species is inferred to form a clade along with M. hoanglienensis and M. fansipanensis; it is syntopic with the former but has a non-overlapping range with the latter. Uncorrected p distances for the 16S rDNA and CO1 genes between the new species and closest relatives exceed values observed between other closely related species in the Panophrys subgenus. The new species is most similar to M. fansipanensis in terms of morphology, and several call parameters also overlap with this species; however, these two species call at different times of year. This is the fourth likely range-restricted and Endangered Megophrys species described from the Hoang Lien Range since 2017, and this discovery further highlights the significance of the Hoang Lien Range for Vietnam’s amphibian diversity.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00222933.2020.1856952
Uncontrolled keywords: Anura, bioacoustics, Hoang Lien, Panohphrys, Xenophrys
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Benjamin Tapley
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2021 09:48 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2021 15:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/90575 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Tapley, B.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9787-3793
Cutajar, T.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7841-9205
Nguyen, L.T.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4663-125X
Portway, C.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1767-4282
Mahony, S.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8263-6832
Nguyen, C.T.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8533-9721
Harding, L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2752-4966
Luong, H.V.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7463-1118
Rowley, J.J.L.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2011-9143
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