Amolops daorum (Bain, Lathrop, Murphy, Orlov, and Ho, 2003)

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

Rana (Odorrana) daorum Bain, Lathrop, Murphy, Orlov, and Ho, 2003, Am. Mus. Novit., 3417: 38. Holotype: ROM 26381, by original designation. Type locality: "approximately 5 km NW of Sa Pa village, near O Qui Ho Pass, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam (22° 22′ 09″ N, 103° 50′ 14″ E, elevation 1400 m)". Synonymy with Amolops mengyangensis by Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 25: 59 (see comment).

Odorrana daorumChen, Murphy, Lathrop, Ngo, Orlov, Ho, and Somorjai, 2005, Herpetol. J., 15: 239; Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13; by implication; Cai, Che, Pang, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 49-55. Based on specimens of Odorrana hmongorum, see comment.

Huia daorumFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 368.

Amolops daorumStuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 51; Stuart, Bain, Phimmachak, and Spence, 2010, Herpetologica, 66: 63.

English Names

Dao Frog (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 27).

Dao Torrent Frog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 44).

Distribution

Known only from the vicinity of Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam (on the Yunnan border of China) and Hong Kong (see comment); Huaphahn Province, Laos; presumably more widespread in intervening areas.

Comment

Stuart, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 477, provided specific localities of Rana daorum for Laos. Bain, Stuart, and Orlov, 2006, Copeia, 2006: 57, provided the record of Rana daorum from Huaphan Province, Laos, and doubted the Hong Kong record pending securing of specimens. Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 25: 55-74, regarded this taxon as a synonym of Amolops mengyangensis on the basis of morphological characters and morphometrics. Cai, Che, Pang, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Zootaxa, 1531: 49-55, placed Rana daorum in Odorrana, but Stuart, 2008, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 46: 51, regarded the species as a member of Amolops, and Stuart, Bain, Phimmachak, and Spence, 2010, Herpetologica, 66: 63, discussed the issue specifically, suggesting the the mtDNA used in the Chen et al., (2005) study was from a specimen of Odorrana hmongorum, this Genbank sequence used by Che et al. (2007) and Cai et al. (2007), and returned Rana daorum to Amolops, in the Amolops monticola group. Stuart et al. (2010) also discussed and rejected the synonymy of Amolops daorum with Amolops mengyangensis. Stuart, 2005, Herpetol. Rev., 36: 477, provided specific localities of Rana daorum for Laos. See comments by Biju, Mahony, and Kamei, 2010, Zootaxa, 2408: 44, regarding problems regarding the synonymy of Amolops daorum and Amolops mengyangensis. In the Amolops monticola group of 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. Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 44, suggested, without noting why, that the Laos record required confirmation. In the Amolops monticola group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591.

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