Hemisus guttatus (Rapp, 1842)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hemisotidae > Genus: Hemisus > Species: Hemisus guttatus

Engystoma guttatum Rapp, 1842, Arch. Naturgesch., 8: 290. Type(s): Not designated. Type locality: "Natal" (= KwaZulu-Natal), Rep. South Africa.

Hemisus guttatumGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 47. Laurent IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 109.

Hemisus guttatusPeters, 1882, Naturwiss. Reise Mossambique, Zool. 3: 174. Laurent, 1972, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 194: 1-67.

English Names

Spotted Burrowing Frog (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 180; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 214).

Spotted Shovel-nosed Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 214).

Spotted Shovel-snouted Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

Spotted Pig-nosed Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

Spotted Shovelnose Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51).

Spotted Snout-burrower (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 122).

Distribution

KwaZulu-Natal lowlands between Hluhluwe and Durban, Rep. South Africa; expected in adjacent Swaziland.

Comment

See accounts by Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 148-149, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 122, Alexander, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 116-118, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 71, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 218-219. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 238. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 177–178, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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