Brachytarsophrys feae (common names: Fea's horned frog, Fea's short-legged toad, Kakhien Hills spadefoot toad, and others) is a species of amphibian in the family Megophryidae. It is found in southern China (Guangxi and Yunnan) and northern Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam; it is likely to occur in Laos.[2] The specific name feae honors Leonardo Fea, an Italian explorer, zoologist, and naturalist.[3]

Brachytarsophrys feae
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Megophryidae
Genus: Brachytarsophrys
B. feae
Binomial name
Brachytarsophrys feae
(Boulenger, 1887)

Megalophrys feae Boulenger, 1887
Leptobrachium feae (Boulenger, 1887)
Megophrys feae (Boulenger, 1887)

Description Edit

Brachytarsophrys feae are large frogs: males grow to about 96 mm (3.8 in) and females to about 101 mm (4.0 in) in snout-vent length. Tadpoles are small in comparison, about 39 mm (1.5 in) in length.[4]

Behaviour Edit

Male Brachytarsophrys feae appear to be territorial. Their advertisement call is loud and can be likened to barking. Limited data suggest that chorusing occurs only in rainy nights; otherwise males remain hidden in their stream-side burrows.[5]

Habitat and conservation Edit

Its natural habitats are evergreen broadleaf forest and streams; it breeds in streams. It is threatened by habitat loss caused by dams and power plants, and it is also collected for consumption.[1]

References Edit

  1. ^ a b van Dijk, P.P.; Truong, N.Q.; Wu Guanfu; Yang Datong; Ohler, A. & Lu Shunqing (2004). "Brachytarsophrys feae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2004: e.T57539A11655489. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2004.RLTS.T57539A11655489.en.
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Brachytarsophrys feae (Boulenger, 1887)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  3. ^ Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (22 April 2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-907807-44-2.
  4. ^ Fei, L. (1999). Atlas of Amphibians of China (in Chinese). Zhengzhou: Henan Press of Science and Technology. p. 104. ISBN 7-5349-1835-9.
  5. ^ Wogan, Guinevere O. U.; Kyi Soe Lwin; Htun Win; Thin Thin; Awan Khwi Shein; Hla Tun (2004). "The advertisement call of Brachytarsophrys feae (Boulenger 1887) (Anura: Megophryidae)" (PDF). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences. 55: 249–252.