Description of three Rhacophorus tadpoles (Lissamphibia: Anura : Rhacophoridae) from Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo)

Haas , A. and Hertwig , S.T. and Krings, W. and Braskamp, E. and Dehling, J.M and Pui, Y.M and Jankowski, A. and Schweizer, M. and Das, I. (2012) Description of three Rhacophorus tadpoles (Lissamphibia: Anura : Rhacophoridae) from Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). Zootaxa, 3328. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1175-5326 (online)

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Abstract

This communication reports the discovery of the hitherto unknown larval forms of Rhacophorus rufipes and R. penanorum, and re-describes the tadpole of R. dulitensis. Tadpoles of all three species were discovered at Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia. The identity of the larvae was determined by DNA barcoding techniques using partial 16S rRNA mitochondrial gene sequences. Larval DNA sequences matched those of syntopic adults of respective species. Detailed descriptions of external morphology and colouration in life are provided along with ecological notes. The tadpole of R. rufipes and R.dulitensis can be classified as generalized, benthic-nectonic type, whereas tadpoles of R. penanorum show adaptations typical for a lotic, rheophilous lifestyle.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, (UNIMAS)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS, IPTA, education, sarawak, kuching, samarahan, malaysia, universiti
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2014 02:58
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 06:31
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/3325

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