Leptobrachella ventripunctata (Fei, Ye, and Li, 1990)

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

Leptolalax ventripunctatus Fei, Ye, and Li In Fei, Ye, and Huang, 1990, Key to Chinese Amph.: 95, 213, 274. Holotype: CIB 890063, by original designation. Type locality: Zhushihe, Mengla County, Yunnan Province, altitude 850 m, China; given as " Mengla (21° 29′ N, 101° 15′ E; alt. 850 m), Yunnan Province, China" by Ohler, Wollenberg, Grosjean, Hendrix, Vences, Ziegler, and Dubois, 2011, Zootaxa, 3147: 50. .

Leptolalax (Lalax) ventripunctatusDelorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 14.

Paramegophrys (Paramegophrys) ventripunctatusJiang, Ye, and Fei, 2008, J. Anhui Normal Univ., Nat. Sci., 31: 263. Incorrect gender of species name.

Paramegophrys ventripunctatusFei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 323. Incorrect gender of species name.

Leptolalax (Lalos) ventripunctatus — Dubois, Grosjean, Ohler, Adler, and Zhao, 2010, Zootaxa, 2493: 67.

Leptobrachella ventripunctata — 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

Yunnan Asian Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 86).

Speckle-bellied Metacarpal-tubercled Toad (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 102).

Yunnan Litter Toad (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 31). 

Distribution

Known from the type locality in extreme southern Yunnan (Zhuzhihe, Mengla County) near the Laos border; Phongsaly and Houapan provinces, Laos; and Son La, Vinh Phuc, Than Hoa, Tuyen Quang, Cao Bang, and Dien Bien Provinces, northern Vietnam; reported from extreme northern Thailand (Chiang Rai Province); expected in extreme eastern Myanmar. 

Comment

Closely related to Leptolalax oshanensis according to the original publication. See also Fei, Ye, and Li, 1992, Acta Biol. Plateau Sinica, 11: 45-54, for redescription. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 102-103, provided a brief account, figure, and map. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 323-327, provided an account and spot map. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 176, provided a brief account (as Paramegophrys ventripunctatus) including photographs. Ohler, Wollenberg, Grosjean, Hendrix, Vences, Ziegler, and Dubois, 2011, Zootaxa, 3147: 1-83, characterized the species comparatively. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 204, provided an account (as Paramegophrys ventripunctatus), photographs, and a range map for China. Teynié, Nguyen, Lorvelec, Piquet, Lottier, and David, 2014, Bull. Soc. Herpetol. France, 151: 27–28, provided two records from Houaphan Province, Laos, and discussed the range. Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 609–611, provided an account (as Paramegophrys), photograph, and spot map for China. Matsui, Eto, Nishikawa, Hamidy, Belabut, Ahmad, Panha, Khonsue, and Grismer, Curr. Herpetol., Kyoto, 36: 13, provided a genetically confirmed record from Houapan Province, Laos. Luong, Nguyen, Le, Nguyen, and Nguyen, 2019, Herpetol. Notes, 12: 375–387, provided records from Dien Bien Province, Vietnam, and discussed the range and natural history. 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: 169, provided the records for Caiyanghe, Yunnan, China, as well as localities in Tuyen Quang, Thanh Hoa, Cao Bank Lao Ci, and Phu Tho provinces, Vietnam. Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 31, reported the species in extreme northern Thailand, but without precise locality at this point pending a ms in preparation by Suwannapoom et al. Wu, Pawangkhanant, Chen, Gao, Suwannapoom, and Che, 2021, Biodiversity Data J., 9 (e74097): 1–15, reported the species, genetically confirmed, from Doi Tung, Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand, 650 m elevation. 

    

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