Limnodynastes tasmaniensis Günther, 1858

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Superfamily: Myobatrachoidea > Family: Limnodynastidae > Genus: Limnodynastes > Species: Limnodynastes tasmaniensis

Limnodynastes tasmaniensis Günther, 1858, Arch. Naturgesch., 24: 321. Syntypes: Including BMNH 1947.2.19.1-3 (formerly 45.5.2.34-36), according to M.J. Tyler IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 398; Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 20, recorded 7 syntypes (BMNH 1947.2.18.96-99, 1947.2.19.1-3), but also noted that the description by Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 33, cited only 6. (The earliest description in 1858 gives only measurement for a single specimen—DRF.) Type locality: "Van Diemans Land"; rendered as "Tasmania" and "New Holland [=Australia]" by Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 33.

Limnodynastes affinis Günther, 1863, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 11: 27. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.19.16, according to Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 20. Type locality: "Clarence River", New South Wales, Australia. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 260; Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 531. Considered distinct; without discussion, by Wells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 2.

Limnodynastes platycephalus Günther, 1867, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 20: 54. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.19.4-5, according to Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 20. Type locality: "Adelaide", South Australia. Synonymy by Waite, 1929, Rept. Amph. S. Aust.: 250; and Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 52. Considered distinct, without discussion, by Wells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 2.

Limnodynastes peronii var. tasmaniensisKeferstein, 1867, Nachr. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen, 18: 344.

Limnodynastes peronii var. rugulosus Keferstein, 1867, Nachr. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen, 18: 344. Syntypes: ZFMK 28332-28337, according to Cogger, Cameron, and Cogger, 1983, Zool. Cat. Aust., Amph. Rept., 1: 20. Type locality: "Sydney", New South Wales, Australia. Synonymy by Parker, 1940, Novit. Zool., 42: 52. Considered distinct; without discussion, by Wells and Wellington, 1985, Aust. J. Herpetol., Suppl. Ser., 1: 2.

Limnodynastes peronii var. tasmaniensisKeferstein, 1867, Nachr. Ges. Wiss. Göttingen, 18: 344.

Limnodynastes tasmanicusM'Coy, 1867, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 3, 20: 182. Error for Limnodynastes tasmaniensis.

Limnodynastes tasmaniensis var. platycephalusWaite, 1929, Rept. Amph. S. Aust.: 250.

English Names

Spotted Grass Frog (Moore, 1961, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 121: 203; Cogger, 1975, Rept. Amph. Australia: 64; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 104; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 94; Barker, Grigg, and Tyler, 1995, Field Guide Aust. Frogs., Ed. 2: 197; Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 82).

Spotted Marsh Frog (Martin and Littlejohn, 1982, Tasman. Amph.: 7; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 104).

Spotted Marshfrog (Ingram, Nattrass, and Czechura, 1993, Mem. Queensland Mus., 33: 223).

Marbled Frog (Waite, 1929, Rept. Amph. S. Aust.: 251; Tyler, Smith, and Johnstone, 1984, Frogs W. Aust.: 61; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 104).

Distribution

Tasmania, Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales, and southern Queensland; introduced into Western Australia and the Northern Territory, Australia.

Comment

Littlejohn and Roberts, 1975, Aust. J. Zool., 23: 113, recognized the three 'call races' within this species; their taxonomic status is uncertain. Discussed by Tyler, 1978, Amph. S. Aust.: 68-70. Martin and Littlejohn, 1982, Tasman. Amph.: 42-43, provided a brief account for the Tasmanian population. Schäuble and Moritz, 2001, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 74: 157-170, reported on mtDNA geographic variation and its biogeographic implications. Daly, 2005, Herpetofauna, Sydney, 35: 85-86, reported the species from the Jervis Bay region of New South Wales, Australia. See brief account by Tyler and Knight, 2009, Field Guide Frogs Aust.: 82-83.

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