Leptobrachella purpurus (Yang, Zeng, and Wang, 2018)

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

Leptolalax purpurus Yang, Zeng, and Wang, 2018, PeerJ, 6(e4586): 6. Holotype: SYS a006531, by original designation. Type locality: "Jinzhuzhai Village, Tongbiguan Town, Yingjiang County, Yunnan Province, China (24° 37′ 33.32″N, 97° 37′ 11.91″E, 1,615 m a.s.l.)". The species name is a noun in apposition. urn:lsid:zoobank.org:act:40673093-C3A4-4F0C-AD60-C0B517FCEF70 

Leptobrachella purpurus — Here (14 April 2018) to conform to revision by 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: 162–171

Leptobrachella purpura — Wang, Ren, Chen, Lyu, Guo, Jiang, Chen, Li, Guo, Wang, and Che, 2020, Biodiversity Sci., 28: 199. Treatment of the species name as an adjective rather than a noun in apposition.  

English Names

Purplish-brown Leaf Litter Toad (original publication). 

Distribution

Known only from the type locality (Tongbiguan Town, Yingjiang County of Yunnan Province, China, 1615 m elevation). 

Comment

The distinctiveness of this species from Leptobrachella alpina was questioned by Wang, Qi, Dai, Lyu, Zeng, Chen, Li, Zhao, Wang, and Wang, 2022, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 98: 176, on the basis of morphological similarity and low genetic distance but refrained from making the synonymy pending additional work. 

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