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      A new species of the Rana japonica group (Anura, Ranidae, Rana) from China, with a taxonomic proposal for the R. johnsi group

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          Rana jiulingensis sp. nov., a new species from Hunan and Jiangxi, southeastern China, is described. The new species is assigned to the R. japonica group. The clade comprising R. jiulingensis sp. nov. and R. dabieshanensis from Anhui is the sister taxon of R. omeimontis from Sichuan. Rana jiulingensis sp. nov. can be distinguished by the significant divergences in the 16S and COI genes, and the combination of following morphological characters: body size medium, SVL 48.3–57.8 mm in adult males and 48.2–57.5 mm in adult females; dorsolateral fold straight; digits without circummarginal grooves; dorsal skin smooth; tibio-tarsal articulation reaching forward beyond the tip of snout; heels overlapping; webbing formula of toes: I 1⅓ – 2 II 1⅓ – 2⅓ III 1½ – 2⅔ IV 3 – 1⅓ V; absence of vocal sacs in males; and presence of creamy white nuptial pad with tiny hoar spines on the finger I and reddish tubercles on loreal and temporal regions in breeding males. Furthermore, based on our results and the previous literature, R. zhengi is synonymized with R. sangzhiensis , and a new species group, the Rana johnsi group, is proposed for the R. johnsi and R. sangzhiensis . Currently, the Rana contains 41 recognized species, and the phylogenetic placements of several species remain unresolved.

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                urn:lsid:arphahub.com:pub:45048D35-BB1D-5CE8-9668-537E44BD4C7E
                urn:lsid:zoobank.org:pub:91BD42D4-90F1-4B45-9350-EEF175B1727A
                ZooKeys
                Pensoft Publishers
                1313-2989
                1313-2970
                2020
                18 June 2020
                : 942
                : 141-158
                Affiliations
                [1 ] State Key Laboratory of Biocontrol/ The Museum of Biology, School of Life Sciences, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275, China
                [2 ] School of Ecology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510006, China
                [3 ] Institute of herpetology, Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang 110034, China
                [4 ] Shenzhen Shuanghuamu Biological Technology Co., Ltd., Shenzhen 51800, China
                Author notes
                Corresponding author: Ying-Yong Wang ( wangyy@ 123456mail.sysu.edu.cn ); Pi-Peng Li ( lipipeng@ 123456yahoo.com )

                Academic editor: A. Crottini

                Article
                46928
                10.3897/zookeys.942.46928
                7316803
                Han Wan, Zhi-Tong Lyu, Shuo Qi, Jian Zhao, Pi-Peng Li, Ying-Yong Wang

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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                Animalia
                Anura
                Chordata
                Systematics
                Taxonomy
                China

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