Phrynobatrachus werneri (Nieden, 1910)

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

Arthroleptis werneri Nieden, 1910, Arch. Naturgesch., 76: 242. Syntypes: ZMB 20434, 20789 (total of 5 specimens), according to A.G.C. Grandison IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 451; ZMB 20434 designated lectotype by Blackburn and Rödel, 2011, Herpetologica, 67: 282. Type locality: "Banjobezirk" (= vicinity of Banyo) and "Bamenda", Cameroon; restricted to "Banjobezirk" (vicinity of Banyo) by lectotype designation.

Pseudarthroleptis werneriDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 159.

Phrynobatrachus werneriLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 207.

Phrynobatrachus werneri werneriPerret, 1959, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 82: 251.

English Names

Werner's River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 104).

Distribution

Southwestern Cameroon, in Cameroon Range (except for Mount Cameroon).

Comment

Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 36-38, provided records for Nigeria. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. See comment under Phrynobatrachus manengoubensis, which may be a synonym, or Phrynobatrachus werneri may constitute more than one species according to Zimkus, 2009, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 157: 796-813 (referring to what was subsequently named as Phrynobatrachus schioetzi). In species group C of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883-900, whose analysis suggested that nominal Phrynobatrachus werneri is a species complex forming a paraphyletic series with respect to Phrynobatrachus manengoubensis. Blackburn and Rödel, 2011, Herpetologica, 67: 282, discussed the realignment of range with the description of Phrynobatrachus schioetzi.

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