Rhacophorus rhodopus Liu and Hu, 1960

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

Rhacophorus rhodopus Liu and Hu, 1960 "1959", Acta Zool. Sinica, 11: 525. Holotype: CIB 571171, by original designation. Type locality: "Meng-yang, Yunnan, 680 meters altitude", China.

Rhacophorus namdaphaensis Sarkar and Sanyal, 1985, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, 81: 290. Holotype: ZSIC A7180, by original designation. Type locality: "Namdapha camp (alt. 350 m.), ca. 58 km. from Miao, Tirap district, Arunachal Pradesh, India, ... from a wild banana plant". Synonymy by Bordoloi, Bortamuli, and Ohler, 2007, Zootaxa, 1653: 5-6.

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

English Names

Red-webbed Treefrog (Rhacophorus rhodopus: Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 270; Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 120; Li, Zhao, and Dong, 2010, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 62).

Orange-webbed Treefrog (Rhacophorus rhodopus: Li, Zhao, and Dong, 2010, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 62).

Namdapha Flying Frog (Rhacophorus namdaphaensis [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 113).

Namdapha Tree Frog (Das and Dutta, 1998, Hamadryad, 23: 67 (Rhacophorus namdaphaensis [no longer recognized]; Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 112).

Namdapha Bush Frog (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Gururaja, and Bhatta, 2009, Rec. Zool. Surv. India, Occas. Pap., 302: 105).

Namdapha's Tree Frog (Rhacophorus namdaphaensis [no longer recognized]: Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 177).

Red-webbed Flying Frog (Vassilieva, Galoyan, Poyarkov, and Geissler, 2016, Photograph. Field Guide Amph. Rept. Lowland S. Vietnam: 121).

Distribution

Northeastern India (Arunachal Pradesh) to Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and southern China (southeastern Xizang, southern Yunnan, northeastern Guangxi, and Hainan) (see comment).

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Rhacophorus bipunctatus by Bordoloi, Bortamuli, and Ohler, 2007, Zootaxa, 1653: 1, where it had been placed by Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 33. Chanda, 2002, Handb. Indian Amph.: 177, and Sarkar and Ray, 2006, In Alfred (ed.), Fauna of Arunachal Pradesh, Part 1: 312, provided brief accounts as Rhacophorus namdaphaensis. Bordoloi, Bortamuli, and Ohler, 2007, Zootaxa, 1653: 1-20, discussed confusion with Rhacophorus bipunctatus and suggested that reports of Rhacophorus bipunctatus by Taylor, 1962, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 43: 487-491 (from Chiang Mai, Thailand); Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 33-34 (from Buon Loi, Vietnam) actually refer to this species. Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 135, provided an account for Guangxi. See account by Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 253-255. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 268-269, provided a brief account, map, and figure. Yang, 1991, Amph. Fauna of Yunnan: 221-223, provided an account. See also brief account by Zhao and Yang, 1997, Amph. Rept. Hengduan Mountains Region: 130-131. Orlov, Nguyen, and Ho, 2008, Russ. J. Herpetol., 15: 67-84, provided a photograph (as Rhacophorus rhodopus) and a key to differentiate this species from others in Vietnam. Nguyen, Tran, Nguyen, and Pham, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 364, provided a new record and suggested that all previous records of Rhacophorus bipunctatus in Vietnam should be referred to Rhacophorus rhodopus. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 117, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 778-782, provided an account and a spot map for China and assigned this species to their Rhacophorus verrucopus group. Mathew and Sen, 2010, Pict. Guide Amph. NE India: 112-113, provided a brief characterization and photographs. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 472, provided a brief account for China including photographs of specimens. Shi, 2011, Amph. Rept. Fauna Hainan: 59-61, provided an account for Hainan. Li, Zhao, and Dong, 2010, Amph. Rept. Tibet: 62-63, provided an account for Xizang, China. Li, Chen, Li, Lv, and Wang, 2011, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 2, 2: 134, provided photographs of the holotype. Li, Li, Murphy, Rao, and Zhang, 2012, Zool. Scripta, 41: xxx-xxx, discussed the systematics of this nominal species and suggested that populations in Hainan, China, and Vietnam represent an unnamed species. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 556-557, provided an account, photographs, and a range map. Nguyen, Matsui, Eto, and Orlov, 2014, Russ. J. Herpetol., 21: 279, suggested that, based on a data signature of 434 bp of mtDNA, that this nominal species is a composite, composied of 1) a Vietnamese population from Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, and Bac Giang; 2) a sample from Gia Lai, Vietnam; and 3) a clade from Yunnan, China, that may be conspecific with Rhacophorus bipunctatus from Malaysia. Pham, Nguyen, Hoang, and Ziegler, 2016, Herpetol. Notes, 9: 31–41, provided a photograph and record for Thanh Hoa Province, Vietnam. Dang, Sun, Lv, Zhao, Wang, Murphy, Wang, and Li, 2016, MtDNA, Part A, 27: 2574–2584, reported molecular evidence for the existence of cryptic species. See account, photograph, and map for Vietnam in Vassilieva, Galoyan, Poyarkov, and Geissler, 2016, Photograph. Field Guide Amph. Rept. Lowland S. Vietnam: 121–123. Pham, Nguyen, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2017, Herpetol. Notes, 10: 379–381, provided records for Son La Province, Vietnam, with notes on morphology and ecology. Pham, Pham, Hoang, Ziegler, and Nguyen, Herpetol. Notes, 10: 183–191, provided records for Ha Giang Province, Vietnam, with observations on morphology and ecology. 

 

   

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