Rhacophorus vampyrus Rowley, Le, Thi, Stuart, and Hoang, 2010

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

Rhacophorus vampyrus Rowley, Le, Thi, Stuart, and Hoang, 2010, Zootaxa, 2727: 46. Holotype: AMS R 173127, by original designation. Type locality: " Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province, Vietnam (12.1865° N, 108.7151° E, 1625 m)".

Vampyrius vampyrus — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 262. 

English Names

Vampire Tree Frog (original publication).


Known from the vicinity of the type locality (Bidoup-Nui Ba National Park, Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Provice) and Ta Dung Nature Reserve, Dak Nong Province, in montane evergreen forest at 1470 to 2004 m elevation on the Langbian Plateau of southern Vietnam.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Vietnam

Endemic: Vietnam


In the Rhacophorus calcaneus group of Orlov, Poyarkov, Vassilieva, Ananjeva, Nguyen, Sang, and Geissler, 2012, Russ. J. Herpetol., 19:23–64. Rowley, Tran, Le, Hoang, and Altig, 2012, J. Nat. Hist., London, 46: 2969–2978, reported on larval life history and provided a second locality for the species. Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 427, considered this species to represent a monotypic genus, Vampyrius, forming, on the basis of low statistical support and solely on 600 bp of mtDNA, the sister taxon of GracixalusNguyen, Matsui, Eto, and Orlov, 2014, Russ. J. Herpetol., 21: 274, rejected on the basis of 434 bp of mtDNA membership in the Rhacophorus calcaneus group. Chan, Hutter, Wood, Grismer, and Brown, 2020, Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. B, Biol. Sci., 287 (20202102): 20, recovered Rhacophorus vampyrus as deeply imbedded within Rhacophorus on the basis of significantly improved molecular support. Vera Candioti, Dias, Rowley, Hertwig, Haas, and Altig, 2021, J. Morphol., 282: 769–778, reported on larval morphology. 

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