Xenopus poweri Hewitt, 1927

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Xenopus > Species: Xenopus poweri

Xenopus poweri Hewitt, 1927, Rec. Albany Mus., 3: 413. Holotype: MMK. Type locality: "the Victoria Falls", Zambia and Zimbabwe. Synonymy with Xenopus laevis by Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 8; Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 32; with Xenopus laevis petersii by Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 508-510.

Xenopus laevis poweri — Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 8; Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 32. Distinctiveness of Xenopus laevis poweri from Xenopus laevis petersi affirmed by Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7, rejecting the earlier view of Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597, that they were synonyms.

Xenopus laevis sudanensis Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 301. Holotype: MHNG 1017.74, by original designation. Type locality: "Ngaoundéré, Adamaoua", Cameroon. Provisional synonymy by Furman, Bewick, Harrison, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kusamba, and Evans, 2015, Mol. Ecol., 24: 921. 

Xenopus sudanensis — Jacobsen, 2009, Afr. Herp News, 47: 6. Undiscussed arrangement.

Xenopus poweriFurman, Bewick, Harrison, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kusamba, and Evans, 2015, Mol. Ecol., 24: 909. 

Distribution

Central and eastern Nigeria to eastern Cameroon and western Central Africa Republic; southernmost Dem. Rep. Congo through Zambia to western Zimbabwe, eastern and southeastern Angola, Okovango Region of Namibia, and northern Botswana. 

Comment

 Furman, Bewick, Harrison, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kusamba, and Evans, 2015, Mol. Ecol., 24: 909–925, provided a molecular study of the various species of Xenopus, removed this name from the synonymy of Xenopus petersii, reassigned the West Africa populations of nominal Xenopus laevis to this species.  In the Xenopus laevis group of Evans, Carter, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kelley, McLaughlin, Pauwels, Portik, Stanley, Tinsley, Tobias, and Blackburn, 2015, PLoS One, 10(12): e0142823: 29. 

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