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Liuixalus Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Liuixalus
4 species

Liuixalus Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 48: 311. Type species: Philautus romeri Smith, 1953, by original designation.

Distribution

China in seemingly isolated populations in Hong Kong, Guangdong-Guangxi border area, and Hainan to northern Vietnam. 

Comment

Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 48: 302-312, suggested that this taxon is the sister of all rhacophorids, excluding Buergeria, as did Yu, Rao, Yang, and Zhang, 2008, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 153: 733-749; Yu, Rao, Zhang, and Yang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 50: 571-579; and Li, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 509-522. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, confirmed the monophyly of Liuixalus and its placement as the sister taxon of remaining rhacophorines, but by using an antiquated taxonomy they obscured this result. Hertwig, Das, Schweizer, Brown, and Haas, 2012, Zool. Scripta, 41: 29-46, also confirmed the placement of Liuixalus as the sister taxon of remaining rhacophorines and provided a tree of the species. These authors also placed Philautus albopunctatus as a member of Liuixalus, but did not document the change. See comment under Theloderma asperumLi, Li, Klaus, Rao, Hillis, and Zhang, 2013, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 110: 34413446, also confirmed the sister taxon placement of Liuixalus with respect to the remainder of the rhacophorines.  Nguyen, Matsui, and Yoshikawa, 2014, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 33: 29–37, provided some molecular evidence regarding relationships within the genus. 

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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