Polypedates braueri (Vogt, 1911)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Polypedates > Species: Polypedates braueri

Rhacophorus braueri Vogt, 1911, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1911: 180. Holotype: ZMB. Type locality: "Formosa" (= Taiwan), China.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) baueriAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 137.

Polypedates baueriKuraishi, Matsui, Ota, and Chen, 2011, Zootaxa, 2744: 53-61.

English Names

White-lipped Treefrog (Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 42 [as Polypedates megacephalus]).

Java Treefrog (Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 42 [as Polypedates megacephalus; with taxonomic adjustment, this is now inappropriate, as the species does not occur in Java—DRF]).

Distribution

Tropical and subtropical China (including relevant parts of Xizang [Medog], Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, and Anhui) as well as Taiwan, China; also Tai Nai Township and Putao District, Kachin State, Myanmar (hard on the border of extreme eastern Arunachal Pradesh, India, where it presumably occurs); introduced into Guam.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Polypedates megacephalus by Kuraishi, Matsui, Ota, and Chen, 2011, Zootaxa, 2744: 53-61, where it had been placed by Stejneger, 1925, Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 66: 30; Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 137; Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 178; and Zhao and Adler, 1993, Herpetol. China: 156. Lue, Tu, and Hsiang, 1999, Atlas Taiwan Amph. Rept.: 42-43, provided a brief account (as Polypedates megacephalus) for Taiwan. Introduced populations from Okinawa (Japan) and Guam may be of this species rather than Polypedates megacephalus. Records of Polypedates megacephalus from Taiwan apply to this species. Kuraishi, Matsui, Hamidy, Belabut, Ahmad, Panha, Sudin, Yong, Jiang, Ota, Thong, and Nishikawa, 2013, Zool. Scripta, 42: 54-70, discussed the taxonomic status of this member of the Polypedates leucomystax group. Pan, Dang, Wang, Zheng, Rao, and Li, 2013, Asian Herpetol. Res., 4: 124-133, provided a phylogeny reconstruction of the Polypedates leucomystax that suggests that this species extends to Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang, and Anhui. Zug, 2013, Rept. Amph. Pacific Is.: 77–68, provided a brief discussion of the introduced Guam population. Huang, Li, Luo, Ni, Yao, Xu, Zeng, Li, Wei, and Zhang, 2019, MtDNA, Part B, 4: 1739-1740, reported on the complete mt genome. Rahman, Chen, Wu, Chen, Lwin, Murphy, Li, and Che, 2020, Zootaxa, 4742: 531–541, provided the extreme northern Myanmar records. 

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