Leptobrachium liui (Pope, 1947)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Genus: Leptobrachium > Species: Leptobrachium liui

Vibrissaphora liui Pope, 1947, Copeia, 1947: 109. Holotype: FMNH 24427, by original designation. Type locality: "region of San Chiang [= Sangang], Ch'ungan Hsien [now Wuyishan City], Fukien [=Fujian] Province, China".

Vibrissaphora yaoshanensis Liu and Hu In Liu, Hu, Tian, and Wu, 1978, Mater. Herpetol. Res., 4: 18. Holotype: CIB 61001, by original designation. Type locality: Yangliuchong, Jinxiu, Yaoshan, Guangxi, altitude 1200 m, China. Synonymy by Wu and Zhao, 1987, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, Chengdu, N.S.,, 6 (3): 42-44; Fei, Ye, Jiang, Cheng, Cai, Tang, Cai, Gao, and Wei, 1995, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 4–5: 68; Dubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 27, and Zheng, Li, and Fu, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 704.

Leptobrachium (Leptobrachium) liuiDubois, 1980, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 49: 476. .

Vibrissaphora liuiLiu, Hu, and Zhao, 1980, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 3 (1): 3. Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 126.

Vibrissaphora jiulongshanensis Wei and Zhao, 1981, J. Hangzhou Univ., Nat. Sci., 8: 300. Types: HU 800013, by original designation. Type locality: "Jiulongshan of Shuichangxian, Zhejiang [Province], 900 m", China. Synonymy by Huang, Gu, and Zong, 1984, J. Hangzhou Normal College (Nat. Hist.), 1984: 14. Synonymy confirmed by Zheng, Li, and Fu, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 704.

Vibrissaphora yaoshanensisYe, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China: 156.

Vibrissaphora liui yaoshanensisFei, Ye, Jiang, Cheng, Cai, Tang, Cai, Gao, and Wei, 1995, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 4–5: 68.

Vibrissaphora liui liuiFei, Ye, Jiang, Cheng, Cai, Tang, Cai, Gao, and Wei, 1995, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 4–5: 68.

Leptobrachium (Vibrissaphora) liui liuiDubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 27.

Leptobrachium (Vibrissaphora) liui yaoshanenseDubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 27.

Vibrissaphora yaoshanensisHo, Lathrop, Murphy, and Orlov, 1999, Russ. J. Herpetol., 6: 49; Rao and Wilkinson, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 68-69.

Leptobrachium (Vibrissaphora) liuiDelorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 12; Matsui, Hamidy, Murphy, Khonsue, Yambun Imbun, Shimada, Ahmad, Belabut, and Jiang, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 56: 269.

Leptobrachium liuiRao and Wilkinson, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 69.

Leptobrachium yaoshanenseRao and Wilkinson, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 69.

English Names

Pope's Spiny Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 87).

Chong'an Moustache Toad (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 96).

Yaoshan Moustache Toad (Leptobrachium yaoshanense: Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 98).

Distribution

Northern Guangxi, northern Guangdong, southern Hunan, central Jiangxi, Zhejiang, very northern Fujian, very southern Jiangsu, and northern Guangdong, China.

Comment

Reviewed (as Vibrissaphora liui) by Liu, Hu, and Zhao, 1980, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 3 (1): 1-9. See Pope, 1931, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 61: 447-450 (as Vibrissaphora pelodytoides). Pope, 1947, Copeia, 1947: 109-112 (as Vibrissaphora liui). See accounts by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 155; Dubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 27; and Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 98-99. See comment under Leptobrachium hasseltii. Huang, 1990, Fauna Zhejiang, Amph. Rept.: 40-43, provided an account (as Vibrissaphora liui) for Zhejiang populations. In the Vibrissaphora liui group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 70. Reviewed (as Vibrissaphora yaoshanensis) by Liu, Hu, and Zhao, 1980, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 3 (1): 1-9. The status of Leptobrachium yaoshanense is arguable at this point in time (2008, DRF) with molecular evidence arguing for both species boundaries (e.g., Rao and Wilkinson, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 61-73) and the lack thereof (e.g., Zheng, Li, and Fu, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 695-707). Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 286-297, provided accounts for the two nominal subspecies, spot maps, and illustrations. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 165-166, provided brief accounts (as Vibrissaphora liu liu, page 165; and Vibrissaphora liui yaoshanensis) including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 193–195, provided accounts (as Vibrissaphora liui liui and Vibrissaphora liui yaoshanensis), photographs, and a range map for China. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 480–486, provided account (as Vibrissaphora liui liui and Vibrissaphora liui yaoshanensis), photographs, and dot maps. 

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