The Taxonomic Revision and Geographical Distribution of Odorrana tianmuii in four Provinces of Eastern China
Author of the article:LI Hanyu, CHEN Zhuo, ZHU Yanjun, LI Zhen, HE Yuxiao, CHEN Xiaohong
Author's Workplace：College of Life Sciences, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang, Henan Province 453007, China
Key Words：Odorrana schmackeri; Odorrana tianmuii; taxonomic revisions; distribution pattern; Eastern China
taxonomy and geographical distribution of Odorrana
schmackeri in 4 provinces of Eastern China remain unclear. In this study, the
taxonomy and geographical distribution of O.
schmackeri were compared with O.
huanggangensis, O. tianmuii and
the O. schmackeri from the type
locality Yichang (Hubei province) based on the analysis of morphology and
mitochondrial 12S sequence. The
results showed that the populations of O.
schmackeri from Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangsu, and Jiangxi (Sanqing Mountain) had
similar morphological characters with O.
tianmuii, and the average genetic distances between the populations of O. schmackeri from the above 4 provinces
and that from Yichang, Hubei were 0.067~0.069, and that of O. huanggangensis were 0.027~0.029, whereas the genetic distances
between them and O. tianmuii were 0~0.001.
This study suggested the populations of O.
schmackeri distributed in Zhejiang, the south of Anhui, Yixing city of
Jiangsu, Sanqing Mountain and Pengze county of Jiangxi should be revised as O. tianmuii. O. huanggangensis was
distributed in Mt. Wuyi from the south of Xin River in northeastern Jiangxi,
whereas O. schmackeri was only
distributed in the west of Poyang Lake and Ganjiang River of Jiangxi. The
taxonomic status of populations of O.
schmackeri between the east of Ganjiang River and the west of Fuhe River in
Jiangxi as well as the east of Fujian have yet to be determined, and whether
the differentiation of O. schmackeri species
complex in the Eastern China related to the geographical barrier of river
system should be further resolved.