Resurrection of genus Nidirana (Anura: Ranidae) and synonymizing N. caldwelli with N. adenopleura, with description of a new species from China. Supplementary Table S1
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The taxonomy of <i>Babina </i>sensu lato was controversial in the past decades. In this study, the phylogeny of genus <i>Babina </i>sensu lato was re-constructed based on genetic analysis, morphological comparison and advertisement call analysis. We found that <i>Babina </i>sensu stricto and previous subgenus <i>Nidirana </i>should be two distinct genera in the family Ranidae. <i>N. caldwelli </i>is confirmed to be a synonym of <i>N. adenopleura </i>because of the small genetic divergence and the lack of distinct morphological differences. A new species, <i>Nidirana nankunensis </i>sp. nov. is described based on a series of specimens collected from Mt. Nankun, Guangdong Province, China, which can be distinguished from other known congeners by having a behavior of nest construction, distinctive advertisement calls, significant divergence in the mitochondrial genes, and a combination of morphological characters. Currently, the genus <i>Babina </i>contains two species and the genus <i>Nidirana </i>contains eight species.