Rhacophorus prasinatus Mou, Risch, and Lue, 1983

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Rhacophorus > Species: Rhacophorus prasinatus

Rhacophorus prasinatus Mou, Risch, and Lue, 1983, Alytes, 2: 155. Holotype: NTNUB 054901, by original designation. Type locality: "Hou-keng-tzu, Shih-ting area, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan, 24° 54′ N, 121° 37′ E; altitude 220 m. The Hou-keng-tzu valley brook is a tributary of Pei-shih stream of Feitsui Valley".

Rhacophorus smaragdinus Lue and Mou, 1984 "1983", Q. J. Taiwan Mus., 36: 15. Holotype: NTNUB 054901, by original designation. Type locality: abandoned farm house about 220 m. above sea level in Hou-K'eng-tzu (), near Feitsui Valley [=Feichui-ku, or Emerald Valley], Taipei Hsien", Taiwan, China. Synonymy by fact of sharing a holotype with Rhacophorus prasinatus. Potential secondary homonym of Polypedates smaragdinus Blyth, 1852.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) prasinatusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77.

Polypedates prasinatusChou, 1993, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 5: 11-13.

Rhacophorus prasinatusWilkinson, Drewes, and Tatum, 2002, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 24: 272.

English Names

Tributary Flying Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 114).

Green Treefrog (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 282).

Emerald Green Treefrog (Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 46).

Distribution

Northern Taiwan (Taipei, Ilan, and Taoyuan), China, 400-600 m elevation.

Comment

Type locality has subsequently been destroyed by a reservoir impoundment, according to Lue and Mou, 1984 "1983", Q. J. Taiwan Mus., 36: 16. See Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 158, for dates of publication. Lue, Lai, and Chen, 1994, Herpetologica, 50: 303-308, compared this species with others from Taiwan as Rhacophorus smaragdinus. In the Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) schlegelii group of Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 77; see comment under Rhacophorus for dissenting opinion regarding the recognition of this group. Chou, 1993, Asiat. Herpetol. Res., 5: 11-13, transferred this species to Polypedates, from the Rhacophorus schelegeli group. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 282-284, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Wilkinson, Drewes, and Tatum, 2002, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 24: 265-273, presented molecular and morphological evidence for retaining this species in Rhacophorus. Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 46-47, provided a brief account for Taiwan. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 635. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 830-834, provided an account, spot map, and considered this species a member of their Rhacophorus moltrechti group. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 467, provided a brief account including photograph. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 551, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. 

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