Refereed Article A new tree frog of the genus Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from southern Vietnam

Vampire Flying Frog

Jodi J L Rowley © Jodi J L Rowley/Australian Museum

Citation: Rowley, J. J. L., Le T. T. D., Tran T. A. D., Stuart, B. L., & Hoang D. H.. 2010. A new tree frog of the genus Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from southern Vietnam. Zootaxa. 2727. 45-55.

Abstract:

We describe a new species of rhacophorid frog from the Langbian Plateau in southern Vietnam. vampyrus sp. nov. is distinguished from its congeners by a combination of: a pale tan to brick red dorsum; white throat, chest and belly; black flanks and anterior and posterior surface of thighs; grey to black webbing between fingers and toes; reduced finger webbing; and pointed projection at tibiotarsal articulation. At present, the new species is known from montane evergreen forest between 1470–2004 m elevation. Rhacophorus vampyrus sp. nov. is a phytotelm breeder, depositing eggs in foam nests in small tree-holes.

Key words: Anura, Rhacophoridae, Southeast Asia, Vietnam

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