Quasipaa acanthophora Dubois and Ohler, 2009

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Dicroglossidae > Subfamily: Dicroglossinae > Genus: Quasipaa > Species: Quasipaa acanthophora

Quasipaa acanthophora Dubois and Ohler, 2009, Alytes, 27: 51. Holotype: MNHNP 1938.0001, by original designation. Type locality: "Mau Son (21° 51′ N, 106° 58′ E), Lang Son province, Vietnam".

English Names

Mau Son Spiny Frog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 26). 


Lang Son, Bac Giang, and Quang Ninh Provinces, northeastern Vietnam; possibly into adjacent Guangxi, China. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Vietnam

Likely/Controversially Present: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: Vietnam


Considered a sibling species of Quasipaa spinosa in the original publication. Not addressed, and therefore not assigned to subgenus, by Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107: 13765–13770, and Che, Zhou, Hu, Papenfuss, Wake, and Zhang, 2010, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Suppl. Inform., doi:10.1073/pnas.1008415107/-/DCSupplemental: 2. Hecht, Pham, Nguyen, Nguyen, Bonkowski, and Ziegler, 2013, Biodiversity J., 4: 507–552, reported a record from Tay Yen Tu Nature Reserve, Bac Giang Province, northeastern Vietnam and discussed the range. Records in Vietnam of nominal Quasipaa spinosa may be assignable to this species. Pham, Do, Ngo, Tran, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2020, Check List, 16: 1025–1041, provided a record from Hai Ha District, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, on the Guangxi, China, border. Not addressed by Yan, Nneji, Jin, Yuan, Chen, Mi, Chen, Murphy, and Che, 2021, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 163 (107218): 1–7, the implication being that these authors continue to regard Quasipaa acanthophora as a population of Quasipaa spinosa, although this is conjecture (DRF). Pham, Hoang, Phan, Nguyen, and Ziegler, 2022, ZooKeys, 1124: 39, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence (mtDNA alone) that this record from Laos is referrable to Quasipaa spinosa

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