Hyperolius substriatus Ahl, 1931

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Hyperolius > Species: Hyperolius substriatus

Hyperolius substriatus Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 358. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication; ZMB 36099 according to Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 81. Type locality: "Magrotto bei Tanga", Tanzania. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 84, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

Hyperolius scriptus Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 287. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered according to the original publication; ZMB 36087, according to Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 81. Type locality: "Tanga", Tanzania. Synonymy with Rappia puncticulata by Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 81. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 32, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

Hyperolius puncticulatus choloensisLoveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 359. Holotype: MCZ 27270, by original designation. Type locality: "Cholo [= Thyolo] Mountain, at about 3500 ft., Nyasaland [= Malawi]". Distinctiveness of subspecies from Hyperolius puncticulatus puncticulatus rejected by Poynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45; 195. Placed in this synonymy by Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 336.

Hyperolius puncticulatus substriatusLoveridge, 1957, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 117: 331.

Hyperolius puncticulatus scriptusLaurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 81.

Hyperolius substriatusPickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 334.

English Names

Coastal Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68 [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Yellow-spotted Reed Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 73 [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Broad-striped Reed Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 73 [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Golden Reed Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 73 [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Golden Sedge Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 177 [alternative name] [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Southern Broad-striped Sedge Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 177 [alternative name] [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Spotted Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 175; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 177 [as Hyperolius puncticulatus]).

Distribution

Southern Malawi through northern Mozambique, eastern Tanzania, to coastal Kenya.

Comment

Most of the literature prior to 2007 refers to this species as Hyperolius puncticulatus, which Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 334-338, suggested is actually a synonym of Hyperolius parkeri, and all mainland records refer to Hyperolius substriatus. Records of "Hyperolius puncticulatus" south of Malawi are referable to Hyperolius argus according to J. C. Poynton in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 216. See account (as Hyperolius puncticulatus) by Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 200-202, in which they discuss taxonomic confusion and the possibility that this is a conspecific with Hyperolius argus. See account (as Hyperolius puncticulatus) by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 175-176, and Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 177-178. Köhler, Scheelke, Schick, Veith, and Lötters, 2005, Afr. Zool., 40: 137-138, provided comments on calls. Broadley, 2007, Afr. J. Herpetol., 56: 175-177, commented on this species and noted that it does not occur in Zimbabwe. Portik, Mulungu, Sequeira, and McEntee, 2013, Herpetol. Rev., 44: 395–396, provided records for Niassa and Zambézia provinces, Mozambique. Bittencourt-Silva, Lawson, Tolley, Portik, Barratt, Nagel, and Loader, 2017, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 114: 261–270, discussed analytical uncertainty in species delimitation and niche modeling among the various populations. 

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