Amolops albispinus Sung, Wang, and Wang, 2016

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amolops > Species: Amolops albispinus

Amolops albispinus Sung, Wang, and Wang in Sung, Hu, Wang, Liu, and Wang, 2016, Zootaxa, 4170: 530. Holotype: SYS a003454, by original designation. Type locality: "Mt. Wutong (22°34′54.8″N, 114°12′2.7″E; 260 m a.s.l.), Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, China".

English Names

White-spined Cascade Frog (original publication). 


Mount Wutong and 30 km away on Mount Paiya, Zhenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, in low to mid-elevation (60–500 m) rocky, fast-flowing streams surrounded by moist subtropical secondary evergreen broadleaved forest; possibly into Hongkong.


The sister taxon of Amolops wuyiensis + Amolops ricketti according to the original publication.  Lyu, Huang, Wang, Li, Chen, Qi, and Wang, 2019, ZooKeys, 812: 133–156, placed this species in the Amolops ricketti group via a mtDNA tree and provided a range map.  In the Amolops ricketti group of Zeng, Liang, Li, Lyu, Wang, and Zhang, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 146 (106753): 1–9, and Wu, Yan, Stuart, Prendini, Suwannapoom, Dahn, Zhang, Cai, Xu, Jiang, Chen, Lemmon, Lemmon, Raxworthy, Orlov, Murphy, and Che, 2020, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 144 (106701): 1–13, who discussed molecular phylogenetics. Zeng, Wang, Lyu, and Wang, 2021, Zootaxa, 5004: 152, provided a map of genetically-confirmed localities. In the Amolops ricketti group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591. Wang, Li, Du, Hou, and Yu, 2022, ZooKeys, 1112: 142, discussed relationships and mapped genetically-confirmed records.

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