Zhangixalus duboisi (Ohler, Marquis, Swan, and Grosjean, 2000)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Zhangixalus > Species: Zhangixalus duboisi

Rhacophorus duboisi Ohler, Marquis, Swan, and Grosjean, 2000, Herpetozoa, Wien, 13: 81. Holotype: MNHNP 1999.5971, by original designation. Type locality: "Fan Si Pan mountain range (22° 16′ N, 103° 50′ E; 1900 m), near Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam . . . . in a pond on the edge of montane forest".

Polypedates pingbianensis Kou, Hu, and Gao, 2001, Acta Zootaxon. Sinica, 26: 229, 233. Holotype: CIB 654003, by original designation. Type locality: "nature conservation region of Pingbian County, Yunnan Province (22° 9′ N, 103° 6′ E); alt. 1950 m", China. Synonymy with Rhacophorus omeimontis by Fei, Hu, Ye, and Huang, 2009, Fauna Sinica, Amph. 2: 812. Synonymy with Rhacophorus duboisi by Orlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 95; and Li, Li, Murphy, Rao, and Zhang, 2012, Zool. Scripta, 41: 557–570. See comment. 

Polypedates duboisiOrlov, Murphy, Ananjeva, Ryabov, and Ho, 2002, Russ. J. Herpetol., 9: 95.

Rhacophorus pingbianensisRao, Wilkinson, and Liu, 2006, Zootaxa, 1258: 17, by implication.

Polypedates spinus Yang, 2008, in Yang and Rao (ed.), Amph. Rept. Yunnan: : 111. Holotype: Number 03199, no institutional deposit noted, by original designation (presumably KIZ). Type locality: Huang Lian Shan, Luchan, Yunnan, China, 1780 m elevation. Synonymy by Li, Li, Murphy, Rao, and Zhang, 2012, Zool. Scripta, 41: 557–570.

Zhangixalus duboisi — Jiang, Jiang, Ren, Wu, and Li, 2019, Asian Herpetol. Res., 10: 7. 

English Names

Dubois' Whipping Frog (Nguyen, Ho, and Nguyen, 2005, Checklist Amph. Rept. Vietnam: 37).


Montane Ha Giang, Son La, and Lao Cai Provinces, Vietnam and continuous in the Huang Lian (Chinese name of the same mountains) in Luchan and Pingbian counties, Yunnan, China.


closely related to the Rhacophorus dugritei group according to the original publication. SSee comment under Rhacophorus omeimontis. Orlov, Nguyen, and Ho, 2008, Russ. J. Herpetol., 15: 67-84, provided a photograph and a key to differentiate this species from others in Vietnam. Ziegler, Tran, Nguyen, Perl, Wirk, Kulisch, Lehmann, Rauhaus, Nguyen, Lê, and Vu, 2014, Herpetol. Notes, 7: 185–201, provided a record for Ha Giang Province, Vietnam, and briefly discussed the range.  Nguyen, Matsui, Eto, and Orlov, 2014, Russ. J. Herpetol., 21: 277, suggested on the basis of 434 bp of mtDNA a membership in the Rhacophorus dugritei group and also suggested that the nominal synonym, Rhacophorus pingbianensis, is not a synonym of Rhacophorus duboisi, at least based on their data, requiring a reevaluation of its morphology and additional molecular evidence. Pham, Nguyen, Ziegler, and Nguyen, 2017, Herpetol. Notes, 10: 379–381, provided records for Son La Province, Vietnam, with notes on morphology and ecology.  

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