Comprehensive approaches reveal three cryptic species of genus Nidirana (Anura, Ranidae) from China

Zhi Tong Lyu, Ke Yuan Dai, Yao Li, Han Wan, Zhe Yi Liu, Shuo Qi, Si Min Lin, Jian Wang, Yu Long Li, Yang Jin Zeng, Pi Peng Li, Hong Pang, Ying Yong Wang*

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Three cryptic species, which were previously reported as Nidirana adenopleura, are revealed on the basis of comprehensive approaches. Nidirana guangdongensis Lyu, Wan, and YY Wang, sp. nov. is distributed in Nanling Mountains and southern Luoxiao Mountains, Nidirana mangveni Lyu, Qi, and YY Wang, sp. nov. is known from northern Zhejiang, and Nidirana xiangica Lyu and YY Wang, sp. nov. occurs in Xiangjiang River Basin, while the true Nidirana adenopleura is designated from Taiwan Island, northern Fujian, southern Zhejiang, and central Jiangxi. These three new species can be distinguished from all congeners by significant divergences in the mitochondrial 16S and CO1 genes, differences in advertisement calls, and the combination of multiple characteristics. This work indicates that the current records of Nidirana adenopleura should be of a species complex composed of multiple species and have clarified the true identity of N. adenopleura.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-159
Number of pages33
Issue number914
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Bioacoustics
  • Mitochondrial DNA
  • Morphology
  • Nidirana guangdongensis sp. nov
  • Nidirana mangveni sp. nov
  • Nidirana xiangica sp. nov

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Insect Science
  • Palaeontology


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