Diancheng YANG,Lifang PENG,Jingcheng XU and Song HUANG.Intraspecific Polymorphism of Rice Frog, Fejervarya multistriata (Anura: Ranidae), in Lingnan, Huangshan, China[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2017,8(1):22-26.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.160036]
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Intraspecific Polymorphism of Rice Frog, Fejervarya multistriata (Anura: Ranidae), in Lingnan, Huangshan, China
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Intraspecific Polymorphism of Rice Frog, Fejervarya multistriata (Anura: Ranidae), in Lingnan, Huangshan, China
Diancheng YANG12# Lifang PENG12 Jingcheng XU1 and Song HUANG1#*
1 College of Life and Environment Sciences, Huangshan University, Huangshan 245021, China
2 School of Sciences, Tibet University, Lahsa 850000, China
dorsal ground color middorsal stripe occipital rusty spot frequency body size
Many anuran species exhibit striking color and/or pattern polymorphisms. We sampled 599 adult rice frogs, Fejervarya multistriata, from a rice paddy in the periphery of the Lingnan Nature Reserve (Huangshan, Anhui). We recognized ten morphs based on three relatively stable and distinct morphological characters: dorsal ground color (green or gray), middorsal stripe (absence, wide, or narrow), occipital rusty spot (absence or presence). The grey individuals are more common and larger than the green individuals (frequency 88.1 vs. 11.9%, respectively) and (SVL 39.4–36.6 vs. 35.7–34.6 mm, respectively). There is a higher proportion of individuals with a middorsal stripe (59.7%) while absence of the occipital rusty spot is more common in the population (82.3%). We expect additional studies in different habitat types would help build our understanding of the relationship between color polymorphism and habitat, geography, and climate.


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