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Chirixalus romeri.jpg
Liuixalus romeri, the type species of Liuixalus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Subfamily: Rhacophorinae
Genus: Liuixalus
Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008[1]
Type species
Philautus romeri Smith, 1953

Liuixalus is a small genus of rhacophorid frogs that are distributed in southern China (Hong Kong, Hainan, Guanxi). All species now in Liuixalus were originally placed in Philautus.[2] There is no diagnostic morphological characters to define the genus. Instead, the genus was erected based on molecular genetic evidence showing distinctness of Liuixalus romeri (then known as Chiromantis romeri) from the rest of Chiromantis.[3] The genus name commemorates Cheng-chao Liu, a Chinese herpetologist.[1]

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has assessed two of the three species as endangered (Liuixalus ocellatus and L. romeri), while the remaining one is considered data deficient.[4]


There are only five recognized species in the genus Liuixalus:[2]


  1. ^ a b Li, J. T.; Che, J.; Bain, R. H.; Zhao, E. M.; Zhang, Y. P. (2008). "Molecular phylogeny of Rhacophoridae (Anura): A framework of taxonomic reassignment of species within the genera Aquixalus, Chiromantis, Rhacophorus, and Philautus". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 48 (1): 302–312. PMID 18442928. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.03.023. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Liuixalus Li, Che, Bain, Zhao, and Zhang, 2008". Amphibian Species of the World 6.0, an Online Reference. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 29 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Li, Jiatang; Dingqi Rao; Robert W. Murphy; Yaping Zhang (2011). "The systematic status of rhacophorid frogs" (PDF). Asian Herpetological Research. 2: 1–11. doi:10.3724/SP.J.1245.2011.00001. 
  4. ^ IUCN (2013). "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <>". Retrieved 23 November 2013.