A New Species of Odorrana Inhabiting Complete Darkness in a Karst Cave in Guangxi, China
Yunming MOWeicai CHENHuaying WUWei ZHANGShichu ZHOU
Natural History Museum of GuangxiSchool of Life Sciences, East China Normal University
摘要：A new species of the genus Odorrana is described from a completely dark karst cave of northeastern Guangxi, southern China. The new species, Odorrana lipuensis sp. nov., can be distinguished from its congeners by a combination of the following characters: medium size（SVL: 40.7–47.7 mm in males, 51.1–55.4 mm in females）; tips of all but first finger expanded with circummarginal grooves; smooth, grass-green dorsum with irregular brown mottling; pineal body invisible; throat to upper abdomen with gray mottling; dorsal surfaces of limbs with brown bands; dorsolateral fold absent; tiny spinules on lateral body, temporal region, and anterior and posterior edge of tympanum; white nuptial pad present on finger I; males lacking vocal sacs; females having creamy yellow eggs, without black poles. Uncorrected sequence divergences between O. lipuensis sp. nov. and all homologous 16 S rRNA sequences of Odorrana available on Gen Bank is equal to or greater than 4.9%. Currently, the new species is only known from the type locality.
supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Guangxi Province, China （Grant Nos: 2012GXNSFAA053057, 0832238）； the ‘Xibuzhiguang’ Project of Chinese Academy of Sciences；