Breviceps mossambicus Peters, 1854

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Brevicipitidae > Genus: Breviceps > Species: Breviceps mossambicus

Engystoma granosum Cuvier, 1829, Regne Animal., Ed. 2, 2: 112. Types: Not stated; presumably originally in the MNHNP but not known to be there now. Type locality: "Cap" (= Cape of Good Hope, Western Cape Province, Rep. South Africa). Nomen nudum. Synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 194.

Bufo (Engystoma) granosus Cuvier, 1829, Regne Animal., Ed. 2, 2: 112. by implication, an alternative original combination.

Breviceps mossambicus Peters, 1854, Ber. Bekannt. Verhandl. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1854: 628. Syntypes: ZMB 3554 (3 specimens) (see discussion by Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 517-518; and Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 261). Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 195, also records BMNH 62.7.29.29 as a syntype. Type locality: "Insula Mossambique [all surviving syntypes], Sena".

Systoma granosumParker, 1868, Monogr. Struct. Devel. Shoulder-girdle Stern. Vert.: 69.

Breviceps mossambicus var. mossambicusWerner, 1903, Abh. Math. Physik. Cl. Bayer. Akad. Wiss., 22: 383, by implication.

Breviceps mitchelli Hoffman, 1944, Soöl. Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 1: 182. Holotype: NMB A2632, by original designation. Type locality: "Chitiala [= Chitala River], Nyasaland", Malawi. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329, 393; Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 517.

English Names

Flat-faced Frog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 174; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 4).

Mozambique Blaasop (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 81).

Mozambique Rain Frog (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 81; Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 22; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 104; Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 69; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 220; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 120).

Moçambique Rain Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 4).

MoZambique Rain Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 219).

Flat-faced Rain Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 104).

Mozambique Short-headed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 87).

Distribution

Eastern Tanzania south to eastern Rep. South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and southeastern Dem. Rep. Congo.

Comment

Angolan material separated as an undescribed taxon by Poynton, 1982, S. Afr. J. Zool., 17: 67-74, who reported extensive hybridization with Breviceps adspersus (although this was rejected by Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 172-173). See Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 517-528, and Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 68-69, for discussion of taxonomic problems and comparison with Breviceps adspersus. See also accounts by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 221-222, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 219-220, Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 184-186, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 61-62, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 120-121. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 105-107, provided an account for Malawi. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 82–83, provided a brief account for the Eastern Arc Mountain region of Tanzania. Portik, Mulungu, Sequeira, and McEntee, 2013, Herpetol. Rev., 44: 395, provided a record for Zambézia Province, Mozambique. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 81–82, provided a brief account for northern Mozambique. 

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