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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->2004 Vol.23 No.3

A New Species of the Genus Philautus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) and Winter Herpetological Exploration in Hainan Province, China
Author of the article:LIU Shao-long1, WANG Li-jun2, Lü Shun-qing3, ZHAO Hui3, CHE Jing1, WU Guang-fu3
Author's Workplace:(1. School of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064; 2. Department of Biology, Hainan Normal University; 3. Chengdu Institute of Biology, The Chinese Academy of Science)
Key Words:Amphibia; Rhacophoridae; Philautus; new species; Hainan Province
Abstract:
In January, 2004, a herpetological exploration was carried out in Hainan Province. 20 species and 1 new species belonging to 12 genera, 8 families and 2 orders were collected. After detail examination and comparison with closely related species, a small treefrog was recognized as a new form to science. The new form is described in Chinese text and an English diagnosis is given below.
Philautus hainanus Liu and Wu, sp. nov.
Holotype SCUM 041017, adult male; type locality: Mt. Diaoluo, Hainan Province, China; sltitude 710 m, 16 Jan. 2004.
Paratype SCUM 041081, adult male; collected from the same locality and date as the holotype.
Diagnosis This new species is similar to Philautus ocellatus Liu and Hu in size and color, but differs from the latter in the following respects: 1) tibiotarsal articulation over the tip of snout, while Philutus ocellatus reaching only beyond the anterior comer of the eye or between the eye and snout; 2) 23 dark cross-bands on back of lower arm, only one in the latter; 3) beige ellipse speckle on the middle part of the body back in life, no beige ellipse speckle in the latter; 4) yellow-white on abdomen, while lilac on abdomen and light green on the middle part in the latter. In comparison with P. hazelae Taylor, the body and finger discs of the new species are smaller in size, and it has no tubercle at the distal part of the tibia. In comparison with P. parvulus (Boulenger), tympanum of the new species is very distinct, its legs are longer and tibiotarsal articulation over the tip of snout.
The type specimens of Philautus hainanus are preserved in the Zoological Museum of the School of Life Science, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.
Etyomology: The new species is named in honor of Professor Zhao Er-mi for his studing on Chinese amphibians and reptiles and tireless in helping young herpetologists of China.
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