Leptobrachella botsfordi (Rowley, Dau, and Nguyen, 2013)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Leptobrachiinae > Genus: Leptobrachella > Species: Leptobrachella botsfordi

Leptolalax botsfordi Rowley, Dau, and Nguyen, 2013, Zootaxa, 3737: 418. Holotype: VNMN 03682, by original designation. Type locality: "under leaf litter, 0.2 m from small trickle of water running through mossy rocks to a 1 m-wide cascading stream in upper montane forests on Mount Fansipan, Hoang Lien National Park, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam (22.3135° N, 103.7652° E, 2,815 m elevation; . . . )". 

Leptobrachella botsfordi — Chen, Poyarkov, Suwannapoom, Lathrop, Wu, Zhou, Yuan, Jin, Chen, Liu, Nguyen, Nguyen, Duong, Eto, Nishikawa, Matsui, Orlov, Stuart, Brown, Rowley, Murphy, Wang, and Che, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 124: 162, by implication. 

English Names

Botsford's Leaf-litter Frog (Nguyen, Tapley, Cutajar, Nguyen, Portway, Harding, Luong, and Rowley, 2020, Zootaxa, 4860: 293). 

Botsford’s Litter Toad (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 29). 


Mount Fansipan and Mount Nam Kang Ho Tao, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, at elevations of 2500 to 2815 m. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Vietnam

Endemic: Vietnam


External morphology, coloration, and advetisement call described in the original publication. Nguyen, Tapley, Cutajar, Nguyen, Portway, Harding, Luong, and Rowley, 2020, Zootaxa, 4860: 293–300, described the tadpole and discussed the range and conservation status. Nguyen, Rowley, La, and Tapley, 2023, Herpetol. Notes, 16: 103–109, discussed life history and provided a genetically-confirmed range extension to Mount Nam Kang Ho Tao, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam. 

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