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New warty newt, Paramesotriton qixilingensis, with key to species!

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Zhiyong YUAN, Haipeng ZHAO, Ke JIANG, Mian HOU, Lizhong HE, Robert W. MURPHY, and Jing CHE, 2014. Phylogenetic Relationships of the Genus Paramesotriton (Caudata: Salamandridae) with the Description of a New Species from Qixiling Nature Reserve, Jiangxi, Southeastern China and a Key to the species. Asian Herpetological Research 2014, 5(2): 6779.


Abstract The matrilineal genealogy of the genus Paramesotriton is hypothesized based on DNA sequences from mitochondrial NADH subunit two (ND2) and its flanking tRNAs (tRNATrp and a partial tRNAAla). The genealogy identifies a highly divergent, unnamed lineage from Qixiling Nature Reserve, Jiangxi, China and places it as the sister taxon of P. chinensis. The newly discovered population differs from other congeners by several features of external morphology including having large clusters of dark brown conical warts on the dorsum of the head, lateral surface of the body and dorsolateral ridges. Its intermittent dorsal vertebral ridge is the same color as other parts of the dorsum and tail narrows gradually from the base to the tip. Further, the new population differs from all congeners by an uncorrected P-distance of more than 9.38% in ND2. Consequently, we describe the new species of Asian warty newt (Salamandridae) as Paramesotriton qixilingensis sp. Nov.


A key to all known species of Paramesotriton is included!


The habitat is described and shown in photos, and the new species is fully described and illustrated with color photos. One error is repeated numerously in this paper: Paramesotriton labiatus (Unterstein 1930) is incorrectly refered to as Paramesotriton labitatus Wu, Rovito, Papenfuss, & Hanken 2009. The latter is the description of P.ermizhaoi, which was recently discovered to be the same species as the earlier description of Pachytriton labiatus by Unterstein. This is both an error in spelling and in original authorship. The name appears correctly in the key.

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