Poyntonophrynus dombensis (Bocage, 1895)

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

Bufo dombensis Bocage, 1895, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 4: 51-53. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.21.3-4 (formerly 96.2.28.3-4) and MBL T.4-366 and T.4-367 (presumed destroyed in the 1978 fire), 14 syntypes not traced, according to A.G.C. Grandison IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 43. Type locality: "Dombé, sur le littoral, au sud de Benguella", Angola.

Bufo vertebralis dombensisPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 1-334.

Bufo vertebralis dombensisPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 66.

Bufo dombensis dombensisMertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7.

Poyntonophrynus dombensisFrost, 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

Dombe Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 41; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 65).

Dombe Pygmy Toad (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 162).

Distribution

Grasslands close to rock outcrops in southwestern Angola and northwestern Namibia.

Comment

Channing and Vences, 1999, S. Afr. J. Zool., 34: 74-79, review the biology of the species and its taxonomic status, distinguishing it from Bufo damaranus, Bufo hoeschi, and Bufo kavangensis. See also accounts by Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 466-471, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 65, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 162-163. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 150–515, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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