Zhangixalus Li, Jiang, Ren, and Jiang, 2019

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Zhangixalus
43 species

Zhangixalus Li, Jiang, Ren, and Jiang in Jiang, Jiang, Ren, Wu, and Li, 2019, Asian Herpetol. Res., 10: 7. Polypedates dugritei David, 1872, by original designation.  

English Names

Zhang's Treefrogs (original publication). 

Flying Frogs (Dinesh, Radhakrishnan, Deepak, and Kulkarni, 2023, Fauna India Checklist, vers. 5.0 : 15). 


Northeastern India, Nepal, Bhutan, southern China, Myanmar, northern Thailand, Laos, northern Vietnam, Taiwan, and Japan; south to Indonesia, Brunei, and Malaysia. 


See comment under Rhacophorus for literature applicable to this taxon (partitioned from Rhacophorus in 2019). O'Connell, Hamidy, Kurniawan, Smith, and Fujita, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 123: 101–112, provided a tree of relationships (as Rhacophorus). Dufresnes, Ambu, Prasad, Borzée, and Litvinchuk, 2022, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 135: 40–51, reported on molecular phylogenetics and biogeography, with special attention to the evolution of nesting behavior. Yuan, Yang, and Jiang, 2022, Pakistan J. Zool., 54: 2417–2423, provided a tree based on four mtDNA genes of representative species. Jiang, Song, Liu, Zhang, Liu, Liu, Jia, and Chen, 2023, Asian Herpetol. Res., 14: 207, reported on mtDNA phylogenetics of the group. Mahony, Kamei, Brown, and Chan, 2024, Vert. Zool., Senckenberg, 74: 252–253, while noting that the genetic data in support of Zhangixalus and Leptomantis as distinct from nominal Rhacophorus, disputed the morphological dististinctiveness of these taxa from Rhacophorus and on this basis considered Zhangixalus and Leptomantis to be a monophyletic subgenera of a larger Rhacophorus . DRF hesitates to embrace this change inasmuch as the subgenus category is relatively unpopular and the taxonomy frogs have a large user group, particularly in China. Nevertheless, DRF notes that the classification of Mahony et al. (2024) is consistent with the phylogeny as currently understood and may be adopted in this catalog in the future depending on  usage by practicing taxonomists. 

Contained taxa (43 sp.):

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