Taxonomic clarification and neotype designation of two Taiwanese salamanders (Amphibia, Urodela, Hynobiidae)

Kanto Nishikawa, Yu Ten Ju, Sheng Wun Jheng, You Zhu Lin, Sotaro Hara, June Shiang Lai, Si Min Lin, Kuang-Yang Lue

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Abstract

Taxonomic identification of two Taiwanese salamanders, Hynobius sonani (Maki, 1922), and H. formosanus Maki, 1922, was clarified. Based on the descriptions and measurement data in the original description, we confirmed that H. sonani has been treated as H. formosanus and vice versa, which might have been caused by confusion of sampling localities of the two species. Because we could not find the holotypes of the two species and concluded these were lost, we herein assign neotypes for these species for precluding future taxonomic confusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-196
Number of pages9
JournalZootaxa
Volume4981
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jun 3

Keywords

  • Holotype
  • Hynobius
  • Locality information
  • Taiwan
  • Taxonomy
  • Topotype

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Animal Science and Zoology

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