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

Haas, A. and Hertwig, Stefan T. and Krings, Wenke and Braskamp, Enzo and Dehling, J. Maximilian and Pui, Yong Min and Jankowski, Andre and Schweizer, Manuel and Das, I. (2012) Description of three Rhacophorus tadpoles (Lissamphibia: Anura: Rhacophoridae) from Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). Zootaxa, 3328. pp. 1-19. ISSN 1175-5334

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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
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rhacophorus rufipes, R. penanorum, R. dulitensis, tadpole description, larval morphology, oral disc, rheophilous tadpole, DNA barcoding, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 05 May 2016 02:27
Last Modified: 05 May 2016 02:27
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/11808

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