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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 41, No. 2, 2020, pp. 105-122
Bioline Code: zr20014
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 41, No. 2, 2020, pp. 105-122

 en Review of the genus Brachytarsophrys check for this species in other resources (Anura: Megophryidae), with revalidation of Brachytarsophrys platyparietus check for this species in other resources and description of a new species from China
Li, Yao; Zhang, Dan-Dan; Lyu, Zhi-Tong; Wang, Jian; Li, Yu-Long; Liu, Zu-Yao; Chen, Hong-Hui; Rao, Ding-Qi; Jin, Zhi-Fang; Zhang, Chang-You & Wang, Ying-Yong

Abstract

The genus-level recognition of monophyletic short-legged toads (Brachytarsophrys) has been recently implicated in the taxonomic debate of Megophrys sensu lato. In the present study, Brachytarsophrys is reasonably regarded as a distinct genus based on significant morphological differentiations and recent molecular analyses. Furthermore, a comprehensive review of this genus is performed, with two species groups proposed based on morphological differences and phylogenetic relationships. Particularly, Brachytarsophrys platyparietus check for this species in other resources is removed as a synonym of Brachytarsophrys carinense check for this species in other resources and considered a valid species due to significant genetic divergence and distinct morphological differences. In addition, a new species, Brachytarsophrys orientalis sp. nov., is described based on a series of specimens collected from southeastern China. This work takes the member species of the genus Brachytarsophrys to seven, suggesting that the diversity of Brachytarsophrys is underestimated. In addition, the genus levels of other monophyletic groups within the subfamily Megophryinae are discussed.

Keywords
Genus level; Megophryinae; Morphology; Phylogeny; Revision

 
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