China News Service, Lishui, January 19 (trainee reporter Hu Dingyu) On the 19th, the Bureau of Ecological Environment of Lishui City, Zhejiang Province announced that recently, a new species of Amphibians of the horned toad family was discovered in Baishanzu National Park, Lishui City It is named Megohprys baishanzuensis, and related papers have been published in ZooKeys, the authoritative international journal of animal taxonomy.
Baishanzu horned toad.
Photo by Wang Bin
The Baishanzu horned toad is currently only found in the narrow range of 1400-1600 meters above sea level in Baishanzu National Park. Its habitat is mainly mountain streams near the evergreen broad-leaved forest. This habitat is also distributed Amphibians such as spiny-breasted frog, Wuyi Tuan frog, Bingzhi fat newt.
These species have strict requirements on the water quality of streams and surrounding vegetation.
It is reported that this is another species named after Baishanzu fir since the discovery of Baishanzu fir.
Since December 2019, the Lishui Municipal Bureau of Ecology and Environment has carried out a baseline survey of biodiversity in Lishui, and the Nanjing Institute of Environmental Sciences of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment has organized many domestic scientific research institutions to undertake the project.
In June 2020, during the investigation of amphibians and reptiles, the investigation team discovered a peculiar horned toad in a creek in Baishanzu National Park. After morphological comparison and molecular biological identification, it was determined. For a new species.
Baishanzu National Park is located in Lishui City. It has a typical mid-subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forest ecosystem with intact vegetation and superior natural environment. It is a rare near-natural ecosystem in the economically developed areas of eastern China.
The national park is rich in biodiversity and has a high concentration of rare and endangered species. It is an important gene treasure house in East China.