Amolops spinapectoralis Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999

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

Amolops spinapectoralis Inger, Orlov, and Darevsky, 1999, Fieldiana, Zool., N.S., 92: 12. Holotype: FMNH 252725, by original designation. Type locality: "Kon Cha Ran (1000 m ASL), An Khe District, Gia Lai Province, Vietnam".

English Names

Spinyback Torrent Frog (Bain and Nguyen, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 61).

Spiny Torrent Frog (Poyarkov, Nguyen, Popov, Geissler, Pawangkhanant, Neang, Suwannapoom, and Orlov, 2021, Russ. J. Herpetol., 28 (3A): 45). 


Northern and central montane Vietnam (Gia Lai, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Kon Tum, Phu Yen, and Quang Name Provinces) and Dakcheung District, Xekong Province, southeastern Laos; presumably in adjacent northeastern Cambodia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Laos, Vietnam

Likely/Controversially Present: Cambodia


See Bain and Nguyen, 2002, Herpetol. Rev., 33: 61, for Vietnam distribution records. Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 86, provided the Kon Tum record. Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 19, provided specific records for Vietnam.Nanohyla) group. Tran, Le, Le, Vu, Nguyen, Böhme, and Ziegler, 2010, Herpetol. Notes, 3: 111–119, provided a record from Quang Ngai Province, central Vietnam, and provided a brief morphological diagnosis. Do, Ngo, and Nguyen, 2017, Hue Univ. J. Sci: Nat. Sci., 126: 90–91, provided records from Phu Yen Province, southern Vietnam, and commented on coloration, range, and ecology. In the monotypic Amolops spinapectoralis group of Jiang, Ren, Lyu, Wang, Wang, Lv, Wu, and Li, 2021, Zool. Res., Kunming, 42: 574–591. Brakels, Maury, and Nguyen, 2021, Herpetol. Rev., 52: 789, provided a record for Laeng Nam Xekong-Xekaman Protection Forest, Dakcheung District, Xekong Province, southeastern Laos. 

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