Ruyi HUANG,Lifang PENG,Lei YU,et al.A New Species of the Genus Achalinus from Huangshan, Anhui, China (Squamata: Xenodermidae)[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2021,12(2):178-187.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.200075]
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A New Species of the Genus Achalinus from Huangshan, Anhui, China (Squamata: Xenodermidae)
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A New Species of the Genus Achalinus from Huangshan, Anhui, China (Squamata: Xenodermidae)
Ruyi HUANG123# Lifang PENG13# Lei YU4 Tianqi HUANG5 Ke JIANG6 Li DING6 Jinkang CHANG7 Diancheng YANG13 Yuhao XU8 and Song HUANG13*
1 Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000, Anhui, China
2 Shanghai Jian Qiao University, Shanghai 201306, China
3 Huangshan Noah Biodiversity Institute, Huangshan 245000, Anhui, China
4 Anhui Rare Birds Protection Association, Hefei 230601, Anhui, China
5 The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA
6 Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, Sichuan, China
7 School of plant protection, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, Anhui, China
8 School of Life Sciences, Anhui Agricultural University, Hefei 230036, Anhui, China
Achalinus huangjietangi sp. nov. Huangjialing Village morphology molecular phylogeny taxonomy
A new species of the genus Achalinus is described based on five specimens collected from the villages of Huangjialing and Fuxi, Huangshan, Anhui, China. It can be morphologically differentiated from all the other species in Achalinus except for A. spinalis and A. werneri by the presence of a dotted black streak in the middle of the subcaudal. It can be distinguished from A. spinalis in that its two anterior temporals are in contact with eye, and A. werneri by its light brown flanks. The phylogenetic relationship of Achalinus was reconstructed using the mitochondrial locus of cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1). The five new specimens form a monophyletic clade with strong support. The uncorrected p-distances between the new species and other representatives of Achalinus range from 13.6% to 21.7%. The recognition of the new species increases the number of described Achalinus species to 14.


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