Huijun SHEN,Mengyu XU,Xinyue YANG,et al.A New Brown Frog of the Genus Rana (Anura, Ranidae) from North China, with a Taxonomic Revision of the R. chensinensis Species Group[J].Asian Herpetological Research(AHR),2022,13(3):145-158.[doi:10.16373/j.cnki.ahr.210062]
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A New Brown Frog of the Genus Rana (Anura, Ranidae) from North China, with a Taxonomic Revision of the R. chensinensis Species Group
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A New Brown Frog of the Genus Rana (Anura, Ranidae) from North China, with a Taxonomic Revision of the R. chensinensis Species Group
Huijun SHEN12 Mengyu XU12 Xinyue YANG12 Zhuo CHEN12* Nengwen XIAO3 and Xiaohong CHEN12*
1 College of Life Sciences, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007, Henan, China
2 The Observation and Research Field Station of Taihang Mountain Forest Ecosystems of Henan Province, Xinxiang 453007, Henan, China
3 State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Regional Eco-process and Function Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
morphology phylogeny Rana taihangensis sp. nov. Rana chensinensisspecies group taxonomic revision
The Rana chensinensis species group is widely distributed throughout North China. However, its taxonomy and composition remain controversial. In recent field investigations of the Taihang Mountains, a series of Rana specimens were collected, which were once identified as R. chensinensis. However, these samples showed significant differences from R. chensinensis of the type locality (Shaanxi Province in the Qinling Mountains) in both morphology and genetics. In this paper, based on analyses of seventeen geographic populations from the Taihang and Qinling Mountains, we describe a new species (namely R. taihangensis sp. nov. in the R. chensinensis species group. A phylogenetic analysis of the R. chensinensis species group based on mitochondrial genes—COI, 16S rRNA and Cytb—revealed the monophyly of the cryptic species,which formed the sister taxon to R. kukunoris. Morphological comparisons indicated that the cryptic species can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of characteristics. Additionally, the distribution patterns of the Rana species in North China were clarified. The populations of the southwestern Taihang Mountains, Xiaoqinling Mountains, and Funiu Mountains in Henan Province remain R. chensinensis, whereas the populations recorded as R. chensinensis in Beijing City, Hebei Province, and the southeastern Taihang Mountains of Henan Province should be revised as R. taihangensis sp. nov.


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