Taxonomic revision of the Chinese Limnonectes (Anura, Dicroglossidae) with the description of a new species from China and Myanmar

CHATMONGKON SUWANNAPOOM1,2, &, ZHI-YONG YUAN1,3, &, JIN-MIN CHEN4,1, MIAN HOU5, HAI-PENG ZHAO6, LI-JUN WANG7, TRUONG SON NGUYEN 8, TRUONG Q. NGUYEN8, ROBERT W. MURPHY1,9, JAQUELINE SULLIVAN10, DAVID S. MCLEOD11 & JING CHE1,3,12

  1.  State Key Laboratory of Genetic Resources and Evolution State, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming 650223, Yunnan, China
  2. Division of Fishery, School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Phayao, Phayao, 56000, Thailand
  3. Southeast Asia Biodiversity Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yezin, Nay Pyi Taw 05282, Myanmar
  4. Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-resources, Yunnan University, Kunming 650091, China
  5. Institute of Continuing Education, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610068, Sichuan, China
  6. School of Life Science, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001, Henan, China
  7. College of life Sciences, Hainan Normal University, Haikou 570100, Hainan, China
  8. Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Hanoi, Vietnam
  9. Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto M5S 2C6, Canada
  10. University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute, 1345 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas 66045-7561, USA
  11.  Biology Department, James Madison University, 951 Carrier Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22807 USA
  12. Corresponding author. E-mail: chej@mail.kiz.ac.cn       & equal first author

PubYear : 2016a
Volume :  4093(2)
Publication Name : Zootaxa
Page number : 181–200

Abstract:
Phylogenetic reconstructions derived from DNA sequence data play a central role in documenting the number of species in a complex. Such analyses are pointing to the existence of many cryptic species, especially in poorly understood groups such as the genus Limnonectes, and the L. kuhlii species complex in particular. To understand the Limnonectes frogs of China, we reconstruct the major matrilineal genealogy of Limnonectes from China and Southeast Asia based on 12S rRNA, tRNAVal and 16S rRNA gene sequences. Based on new data we recognize five species of Limnonectes in China including L. bannaensis, L. fujianensis, L. fragilis, L. taylori (new record), and a new species from southern China and Phylogenetically, the new species is more closely related to the clade comprising L. taylori, L. megastomias, L. isanensis, L. nguyenorum, and L. jarujini from Thailand than to other Chinese species. This study supports previous findings of sympatric members of a species complex that are not each other’s closest relatives.

Keywords: Indochina, Limnonectes longchuanensis sp. nov., Phylogenetics, Sympatric distribution, Yunnan