Amolops yunkaiensis Lyu, Wang, Liu, Zeng, and Wang, 2018

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

Amolops yunkaiensis Lyu, Wang, Liu, Zeng, and Wang in Lyu, Wu, Wang, Sung, Liu, Zeng, Wang, Li, and Wang, 2018, Zootaxa, 4418: 569. Holotype: SYS a004705, by original designation. Type locality: "Bajiaxianhu (21°53′35.5″N, 111°29′5.1″E; 441 m a.s.l.), Ehuangzhang Nature Reserve, Guangdong Province, China." Zoobank publication registration: 3A067896-23AB-4674-B005-18F13A7A509C

English Names

Yunkai Torrent Frog (original publication). 


Known from the type locality, the Ehuangzhang Nature Reserve and Yunkaishan Nature Reserve in the Yunkai Mountains, western Guangdong Province, China, in rocky, fast-flowing streams (300–900 m elevation) surrounded by moist subtropical secondary evergreen broad-leaved forests. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of

Endemic: China, People's Republic of


The sister taxon of Amolops albispinus 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 (including a record from southwestern Guangdong previously assigned to Amolops torrentis).  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 molecular relationships.

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