Phrynobatrachus mababiensis FitzSimons, 1932

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Phrynobatrachidae > Genus: Phrynobatrachus > Species: Phrynobatrachus mababiensis

Phrynobatrachus mababiensis FitzSimons, 1932, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 15: 40. Holotype: TMP 14838 (formerly Vernay-Lang Kalahari Expedition 986), by original designation. Type locality: "Tsotsoroga Pan, Mababe Flats", Rep. South Africa.

Phrynobatrachus vanrooyeni Hoffman, 1940, Soöl. Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 1: 99. Holotype: NMB 2092, by original designation. Type locality: "farm Broedershoek, [near] Greytown, Natal", Rep. South Africa. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329, 381; and Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 141.

Phrynobatrachus chitialaensis Hoffman, 1944, Soöl. Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 1: 177. Holotype: NMB A2672, by original designation. Type locality: "Chitiala [= Chitala River], Nyasaland", Tanzania. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329, 381.

Phrynobatrachus broomi FitzSimons, 1948, Spec. Publ. R. Soc. S. Afr.: 239. Holotype: TMP 21717, by original designation. Type locality: "Mount Edgecombe, near Durban, Natal", Rep. South Africa. Synonymy by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 141.

Phrynobatrachus ukingensis mababiensisLoveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329, 381. Loveridge, 1953, Q. J. Florida Acad. Sci., 16: 149; Poynton, 1969 "1966", Mem. Inst. Invest. Cient. Moçambique, Ser. A, Cienc. Biol., 8: 23.

Phrynobatrachus mababiensisPassmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 170.

English Names

Chitiala Frog (Phrynobatrachus chitialaensis [no longer recognized]: Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 162).

Dwarf Puddle Frog (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 80; Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 164; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 170; Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 251).

Common Cricket Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 170).

Mababi Puddle Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 128).

Mababe River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Mababe Puddle Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 305; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 284).

Distribution

Savannas of East Africa (Tanzania) to Transkei (Rep. South Africa), west to Namibia and southern Angola; presumably also in southern Dem. Rep. Congo and southern Kenya.

Comment

Probably a subspecies of Phrynobatrachus ukingensis according to R. Laurent IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 447). J.C. Poynton IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 447, disagreed and suggested that Phrynobatrachus mababiensis more closely resembles Phrynobatrachus parvulus, a taxon not distinguished from Phrynobatrachus mababiensis by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 381. See Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 165-169, for a discussion of the types of Phrynobatrachus parvulus, Phrynobatrachus ukingensis, and Phrynobatrachus mababiensis. See accounts by Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 107-108, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 305-307, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 284-285, Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 251-253, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 180-184 (who regarded this taxon to likely be a junior synonym of Phrynobatrachus albifer on the basis of examination of the holotype). Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. Lötters, Wagner, Bwong, Schick, Malonza, Muchai, Wasonga, and Veith, 2007, Fieldguide Amph. Rept. Kakamega Forest: 15-16, provided an account for Phrynobatrachus cf mababiensis. In species group B of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883-900, who noted that nominal Phrynobatrachus mababiensis covers two distantly related species. Zimkus and Schick, 2010, Syst. Biodiversity, 8: 39-47, noted that nominal Phrynobatrachus mababiensis appears to be composed of at least three lineages. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 221-224, provided an account for Malawi. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 278–279, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 92, provided a brief discussion of a collection from northern Mozambique. 

External links:

Please note: these links will take you to external websites not affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History. We are not responsible for their content.