Rhacophorus napoensis Li, Liu, Yu, and Sun, 2022

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Rhacophorus > Species: Rhacophorus napoensis

Rhacophorus napoensis Li, Liu, Yu, and Sun, 2022, ZooKeys, 1117: 130. Holotype: GXNU YU000172, by original designation. Type locality: "near several large rocks in the bushes, 306 m southeast of Nongyao, Napo County, Baise City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China (23°1'20"N, 105°50'58"E, ca 1032 m a.s.l.)." https://zoobank.org/66C47824-DE9B-4EA7-AFF1-CFBA0F8D239E

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) napoensis — Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 253, by implication. 

English Names

Napo Tree Frog (original publication). 

Distribution

Known only from the type locality (ca. Nongyao, Napo County, Baise City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, 1032 m elevation) and Bac Giang, Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, and Ha Tinh provinces, northern Vietnam; expected in Khammouan, Bolikhamxay, and Xiangkhoang provinces of central Laos as well as well as expected to be found to be more widespread in southeastern Yunnan Province and Jinxiu County of Guangxi Province, China. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: China, People's Republic of, Vietnam

Likely/Controversially Present: Laos

Comment

The sister taxon of a group composed of Rhacophorus rhodopus, Rhacophorus borneensis, Rhacophorus norhyatii, and Rhacophorus reinwardtii and most similar to Rhacophorus bipunctatus and Rhacophorus rhodopus according to the original publication, where comparative morphology, and molecular markers were detailed. Nguyen, Liu, Wilkinson, Tran, Tran, Trofimets, Dau, and Poyarkov, 2024, Herpetozoa, Wien, 37: 123–136, reported the species from several localities in northern Vietnam, and noted localities where this species had previously been misidentified as Rhacophorus rhodopusTang, Xiao, Liu, Wang, Yu, and Du, 2024, Zoosyst. Evol., 100: 625–643, reported on the molecular phylogenetics, adult morphology, and distribution of this species as part of the Rhacophorus bipunctatus/Rhacophorus rhodopus complex. 

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