Pachytriton inexpectatus Nishikawa, Jiang, Matsui, and Mo, 2011

Class: Amphibia > Order: Caudata > Family: Salamandridae > Subfamily: Pleurodelinae > Genus: Pachytriton > Species: Pachytriton inexpectatus

Pachytriton inexpectatus Nishikawa, Jiang, Matsui, and Mo, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 458. Holotype: CIB BX20081006, by original designation. Type locality: "Mt. Dayao, Jinxiu Yao Autonomous County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China (24° 5′ N, 110° 13′ E, 1140 m a.s.l.)".

English Names

Yaoshan Stout Newt (Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 336).  

Distribution

Eastern Guizhou, southwestern and southern Hunan, extreme northwestern Guangdong, and northern and eastern Guangxi, China, at elevations of 1140 to 1800 m.

Comment

Nishikawa, Jiang, Matsui, and Mo, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28: 453-461, discovered a confusing situation where most of what had been referred to as the northeastern population of Pachytriton labiatus should have the name Pachytriton granulosus applied; the southwestern population of former Pachytriton labiatus was a distinct species, which they name Pachytriton inexpectatus, and the types of nominal Pachytriton labiatus were conspecific with what had been named Paramesotriton ermizhaoi and not with the populations that had had the name Pachytriton labiatus applied for so long. All literature prior to 2011 should be used with great caution because of this. See account (as Pachytriton labiatus) by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 94, and Zhang and Wen, 2000, Amph. Guangxi: 24, provided an account for population in Guangxi, China. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2006, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 1: 319-323, provided an account (as Pachytriton labiatus) and range map. Wu, Wang, and Hanken, 2012, Zootaxa, 3388: : 1-16, commented on their concerns regarding the species taxonomy. Wu, Wang, and Hanken, 2012, Asian Herpetol. Res., Ser. 2, 3: 83-102, reassigned specimens from eastern Anhui, northereastern Jiangxi, and Zhejiang to to Pachytriton brevipesFei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 106-107, provided an account, photographs, and a map.  Raffaëlli, 2013, Urodeles du Monde, 2nd ed.: 169, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 336–339, provided an account, photograph, and range map. 

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