Fejervarya sakishimensis Matsui, Toda, and Ota, 2008

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Fejervarya > Species: Fejervarya sakishimensis

Fejervarya sakishimensis Matsui, Toda, and Ota, 2008 "2007", Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 26: 67. Holotype: KUHE 39865, by original designation. Type locality: "Omoto (124° 11′ E, 24° 22′ N, alt. 60 m) in Ishigaki-shi, Okinawa Prefecture (Ishigakijima Island of the Yaeyama Group, Southern Ryukyus), Japan".

English Names

None noted.


Southern Ryukyus, Japan; eastern Taiwan.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Japan, Taiwan


Possibly conspecific with populations of nominal Fejervarya limnocharis in eastern Taiwan, China, according to the original publication. Kotaki, Kurabayashi, Matsui, Kuramoto, Tjong, and Sumida, 2010, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 27: 386-395, suggested that the populations formerly assigned to Fejervarya limnocharis from Japan, the southern Ryukyuas, and eastern Taiwan are assignable to this species or, possibly, three distinct species. Reviewed (as Rana limnocharis) by Okada, 1966, Fauna Japon., Anura: 112-121. Nishioka and Sumida, 1990, Sci. Rep. Lab. Amph. Biol. Hiroshima Univ., 10: 125-154, provided electrophoretic data that suggest that Fejervarya "limnocharis" on Taiwan, the southern Ryukyus, and the main islands of Japan represent three species (a supposition supported by Highton, 2000, in Bruce et al., Biol. Plethodontid Salamanders: 235). Toda, Nishida, Matsui, Wu, and Ota, 1997, Biochem. Syst. Ecol., 25: 143-159, discussed lineage structure within nominal Fejervarya limnocharis, and suggested that the population from the southern Ryukyus are genetically distinct from populations in the central Ryukyus, Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China (now regarded as Fejervarya multistriata and Fejervarya kawamurai, among others). Tjong, Matsui, Kuramoto, Nishioka, and Sumida, 2011, Zool. Sci., Tokyo, 28:922-929, redelimited the species, transferring the Japanese populations to Fejervarya kawamurai and restricting this species to eastern Taiwan and the southern Ryukyus. Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 72-73, provided a brief account as Fejervarya limnocharis for Taiwan (presumably based on Fejervarya multistriata and Fejervarya sakishimensis).

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