Leptobrachium boringii (Liu, 1945)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Megophryidae > Subfamily: Leptobrachiinae > Genus: Leptobrachium > Species: Leptobrachium boringii

Vibrissaphora boringii Liu, 1945, J. West China Border Res. Soc., Ser. B, 15: 28. Holotype: CIB 237, by original designation. Type locality: "Ta-nge-sze [= Taosze] ( . . .), Mont-Omei, 3590 feet altitude", Sichuan, China.

Leptobrachium (Leptobrachium) boringiiDubois, 1980, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 49: 476.

Leptobrachium (Vibrissaphora) boringiiDuellman and Trueb, 1986, Biol. Amph.: 56. Dubois and Ohler, 1998, Dumerilia, 4: 26; Delorme, Dubois, Grosjean, and Ohler, 2006, Alytes, 24: 12; Matsui, Hamidy, Murphy, Khonsue, Yambun Imbun, Shimada, Ahmad, Belabut, and Jiang, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 56: 269.

Vibrissaphora boringiiZhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 126.

Vibrissaphora boringiaeMichels and Bauer, 2004, Bonn. Zool. Beitr., 52: 86. Unjustified emendation according to Dubois, 2007, Zootaxa, 1550: 67.

Leptobrachium boringiaeRao and Wilkinson, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 69.

English Names

Taosze Spiny Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 87).

Emei Moustache Toad (Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 94).


Youang in Chongqing, Tianlin in Guangxi, Jiangkou and Yinjiang in Guangxi, Sangzhi in Hunan, Dujiangyuan, Junlian, and Mount Emei in Sichuan, and Daguan in Yunnan, China, 700–1700 m elevation.


Discussed (as Vibrissaphora boringi) by Liu, Hu, and Zhao, 1980, Acta Herpetol. Sinica, 3 (1): 1–9, Liu and Hu, 1961, Tailless Amph. China: 100–103, and Liu, 1950, Fieldiana, Zool. Mem., 2: 176–180. See account by Ye, Fei, and Hu, 1993, Rare and Economic Amph. China 151. See Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 131, for nomenclatural note. Fei, 1999, Atlas Amph. China: 94–95, provided a brief account, map, and figure. Fei and Ye, 2001, Color Handbook Amph. Sichuan: 136, provided a brief account and illustration. In the Vibrissaphora boringii group of Fei, Ye, Huang, Jiang, and Xie, 2005, in Fei et al. (eds.), Illust. Key Chinese Amph.: 70. Brandon-Jones, Duckworth, Jenkins, Rylands, and Sarmiento, 2007, Zootaxa, 1541: 41–48, discussed the nomenclatural principles that prevent boringii from being emendable to boringiae. Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: 22–24, provided a brief account for Yunnan, China. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 443. Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 273–278, provided an account, a spot map, and an illustration. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Colored Atlas of Chinese Amph.: 162–163, provided a brief account including photographs of specimens and habitat. Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2012, Colored Atlas Chinese Amph. Distr.: 190–191, provided an account (as Vibrissaphora boringii), photographs, and a range map for China.  Fei and Ye, 2016, Amph. China, 1: 472–474, provided an account (as Vibrissaphora boringii), photograph, and dot map. Shen, 2014, Fauna Hunan, Amph.: 128–133, provided an account (as Vibrissaphora boringii) for Hunan, China. Zhang, 2017, Amph. Rept. Fanjing Mts.: 65–68, provided taxonomic and natural history information for the Fanjing Mountains population in northeastern Guizhou, China. Li, Li, Chen, Liu, and Shen, 2019, MtDNA, Part B, 4: 265–266, reported on the mitochondrial genome.    

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