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Published: 2021-12-02

Three new species of the genus Boulenophrys (Anura, Megophryidae) from southern China

State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol/ The Museum of Biology, School of Ecology/ School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, China
State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol/ The Museum of Biology, School of Ecology/ School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, China
State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol/ The Museum of Biology, School of Ecology/ School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, China
Natural History Museum of Guangxi, Nanning, Guangxi 530012, China.
State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol/ The Museum of Biology, School of Ecology/ School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, China
Guangdong Shimentai National Nature Reserve, Qingyuan, Guangdong 513000, China
Guangdong Shimentai National Nature Reserve, Qingyuan, Guangdong 513000, China
Guangdong Shimentai National Nature Reserve, Qingyuan, Guangdong 513000, China
Herpetology Laboratory, Department of Biology, La Sierra University, Riverside, California 92515, USA. Department of Herpetology, San Diego Natural History Museum, PO Box 121390, San Diego, California, 92112, USA
State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol/ The Museum of Biology, School of Ecology/ School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong 510275, China
Amphibia Asian horned toads cryptic species diversity morphology taxonomy

Abstract

The diversity of Asian horned toads is considered highly underestimated and to contain a large number of undescribed cryptic species. In this work, we describe three new species of Boulenophrys from south China, namely, Boulenophrys yaoshanensis sp. nov. from central Guangxi, Boulenophrys yingdeensis sp. nov. from northern Guangdong, and Boulenophrys yunkaiensis sp. nov. from western Guangdong. These three new species can be distinguished from all recognized congeners by a combination of morphological characteristics and significant genetic divergences. These descriptions increase the number of recognized species of Boulenophrys to 61. In addition, an updated checklist of the Asian horned toads of the subfamily Megophryinae is provided in this study.

 

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