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Amolops xinduqiao
family: Ranidae
 
Species Description: Fei L, Ye C-Y, Wang Y-F, Jiang K 2017 A new species of he genus Amolops (Anura: Ranidae) from high-altitude Sichuan, southwestern China, with a discussion on the taxonomic status of Amolops kangtingensis. Zoological Research 38: 138-145.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: China

 

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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:

 

Range Description

This species is endemic to Kangding County in west Sichuan Province, China. It has been recorded from 2,600-3,500m asl.

Habitat and Ecology

It inhabits montane streams in forest, and breeds in streams.

Population

It is known from only three locations, but is considered to be common at all three.

Population Trend

decreasing

Major Threats

The major threat is habitat loss due to infrastructure development.

Conservation Actions

It is not known whether or not this species occurs in any protected areas, though there are several nature reserves within its range.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)

Rationale

Listed as Vulnerable, because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2 and its Area of Occupancy is less than 2,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is expected to be a future decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Taxonomic Notes

Although Liu (1950) synonymized this species with Amolops mantzorum (as Staurois mantzorum), he stated that in the wild it was easy to distinguish the two taxa. Wu et al. (1987) resurrected this species based on cytological evidence. However, two different species of Amolops were confounded, one found above 3,000 m in the Yalong River Basin of Sichuan, and another found at 1,200 to 2,400 m elevation in the Dadu River basin, Sichuan, China. Fei et al. (2017) reexamined the types of kangtingensis and, more importantly, noted that the original type locality had to be corrected to "Yalagou of Kangding (in the Dadu River Basin, meaning that the name A. kangtinensis applied not to the high-elevation population has had been  previously thought by Wu et al. (1987) (who found nominal A. mantzorum to be a complex of species and explicitly retained A. kangtingensis, but from the wrong population). Fei et al. (2017) sorted the problem by correcting the type locality of A. kangtingensis, placing A. kangtingensis into the synonymy of A. mantzorum, and naming as A. xinduqiao the population  formerly incorrectly assigned the name A. kangtingensis.

Citation

Wu, G. & Zhao, W. 2017. Amolops xinduqiao. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T58213A121381130. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T58213A121381130.en

 

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