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A new tree frog of the genus Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from southern Vietnam

Australian Museum, 6 College St, Sydney, NSW, 2010, Australia
Faculty of Biology, University of Science, 227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Faculty of Biology, University of Science, 227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, D-53113 Bonn, Germany
Faculty of Biology, University of Science, 227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
Faculty of Biology, University of Science, 227 Nguyen Van Cu, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Amphibia Anura Rhacophoridae Southeast Asia Vietnam


We describe a new species of rhacophorid frog from the Langbian Plateau in southern Vietnam. Rhacophorus vampyrus sp. nov. is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of: a pale tan to brick red dorsum; white throat, chest and belly; black flanks and anterior and posterior surface of thighs; grey to black webbing between fingers and toes; reduced finger webbing; and pointed projection at tibiotarsal articulation. At present, the new species is known from montane evergreen forest between 1470–2004 m elevation. Rhacophorus vampyrus sp. nov. is a phytotelm breeder, depositing eggs in foam nests in small tree-holes.


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