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1 August 2013 Taxonomic Relationship of Two Newt Species of Pachytriton Recently Described from China (Amphibia: Urodela: Salamandridae)
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We assessed the taxonomic relationship of Pachytriton changi Nishikawa, Matsui et Jiang, 2012 and P. xanthospilos Wu, Wang et Hanken, 2012 using partial mitochondrial DNA sequence and found them to be so closely related as to be regarded as conspecific. This result, together with available morphological information, strongly indicates that P. xanthospilos is a subjective junior synonym of P. changi. By this synonymization, southern Hunan and northern Guangdong provinces are shown to be a part of the natural distribution range of P. changi, whose type locality is known only as China. However, known localities in this range are restricted and endangered status of the species is not changed.

© 2013 by The Herpetological Society of Japan
Kanto Nishikawa, Masafumi Matsui, Bin Wang, Natsuhiko Yoshikawa, and Jian-Ping Jiang "Taxonomic Relationship of Two Newt Species of Pachytriton Recently Described from China (Amphibia: Urodela: Salamandridae)," Current Herpetology 32(2), (1 August 2013). https://doi.org/10.5358/hsj.32.150
Accepted: 7 June 2013; Published: 1 August 2013
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