Vampyrius vampyrus (Rowley, Le, Thi, Stuart, and Hoang, 2010)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Vampyrius > Species: Vampyrius 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. Nguyen, 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. 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, the sister taxon of GracixalusVera Candioti, Dias, Rowley, Hertwig, Haas, and Altig, 2021, J. Morphol., 282: 769–778, reported on larval morphology. 

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