Rhacophorus yinggelingensis

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Rhacophorus yinggelingensis
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Rhacophoridae
Genus: Rhacophorus
Species: R. yinggelingensis
Binomial name
Rhacophorus yinggelingensis
Chou, Lau, and Chan, 2007[2]

Rhacophorus yinggelingensis (Yinggeling treefrog) is a species of frog in the family Rhacophoridae endemic to Hainan Island, China.[3] Its specific name refers to the type locality, Yinggeling (Chinese: 鹦哥岭; pinyin: yīng gē lǐng), a mountain range in central Hainan.[2]

Description[edit]

Rhacophorus yinggelingensis is a medium-sized treefrog with a green body with some white spots. Its snout-vent length is about 43 mm (1.7 in).[2]

Distribution[edit]

Rhacophorus yinggelingensis is currently only known from the Yinggeling mountain range in central Hainan at altitudes between 1,300 and 1,550 m (4,270 and 5,090 ft). It appears to be a montane species restricted to primary rain forest. It breeds in rainwater pools, which are rare in its mountainous habitat.[1]

Conservation[edit]

The species occurs within the Yinggeling Nature Reserve. The high-altitude montane habitat is relatively undisturbed, but the species is rare and the total area of the habitat is small. IUCN considers Rhacophorus yinggelingensis as "vulnerable".[1] Survey of the reserve has put the estimated total population size at around 3000 frogs.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Michael Wai Neng Lau, Bosco Chan, Chou Wenhao (2004). "Rhacophorus yinggelingensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T136056A4244030. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Chou, Wen-hao; Michael Wai-neng Lau; Bosco P. L. Chan (2007). "A new treefrog of the genus Rhacophorus (Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Hainan Island, China" (PDF). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology. 55: 157–165. 
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Rhacophorus yinggelingensis Chou, Lau, and Chan, 2007". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Liao, Chang-Le; Wang He-Sheng; Huang Juan; Wang Hui-Ying (2013). "Field survey on population size and distribution of Rhacophorus yinggelingensis in Yinggeling Nature Reserve". Chinese Journal of Zoology (in Chinese and English). 48 (3): 377–381.