Poyntonophrynus beiranus (Loveridge, 1932)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Poyntonophrynus > Species: Poyntonophrynus beiranus

Bufo taitanus beiranus Loveridge, 1932, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 8: 45. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.21.10 (formerly 1907.4.29.124), by original designation and according to A.G.C. Grandison IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 37. Type locality: "Beira, Mozambique".

Bufo beiranusGrandison, 1972, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 47: 30-48.

Poyntonophrynus beiranusFrost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 365.

English Names

Beira's Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 40).

Beira Toad (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 64).

Beira Pygmy Toad (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 158).

Distribution

Two allopatric populations: coastal plain of Mozambique in the flood plain of the Pungwe River north to Thuchila in southern Malawi; catchment area in central and southwestern Zambia. 0-1000 m elevation.

Comment

See Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 476-477, for brief account in which they mentioned that this species is most similar to Bufo kavangensis and Bufo vertebralis and noted why it could not be considered to be in the Bufo taitanus group. Considered a subspecies of Bufo taitanus by Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 156. See brief accounts by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 64, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 551-552, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 158. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 132, provided an account for Malawi.

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