Ptychadena bibroni (Hallowell, 1845)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ptychadenidae > Genus: Ptychadena > Species: Ptychadena bibroni

Rana Bibroni Hallowell, 1845, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia, 2: 249. Syntypes: Not stated, although only one specimen noted and this presumed to be in the ANSP collection; MNHNP (6 specimens) considered syntypes, of which MNHNP 513 designated lectotype by Lamotte and Ohler, 1997, Zoosystema, 19: 535. Type locality: "Liberia, W. Africa".

Rana (Ptychadena) bibroniDe Witte, 1921, Rev. Zool. Afr., 9: 6; Parker, 1936, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 19: 88; Guibé and Lamotte, 1955, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 27: 357. Based on specimens of Ptychadena pujoli according to Lamotte and Ohler, 1997, Zoosystema, 19: 531-543.); Perret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 567. Based on Ptychadena arnei, according to Perret, 1997, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 120: 77.

Rana (Ptychadena) maccarthyensis Andersson, 1937, Ark. Zool., 29(16): 9. Syntypes: ZIUS (5 specimens in original description); MCZ 23030 (on exchange from Stockholm high school) reported as a type by Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 183. Type locality: "MacCarthy Island in the Gambia river about 330 km from its mouth". Synonymy by Lamotte and Ohler, 1997, Zoosystema, 19: 533-534.

Ptychadena bibroni  Laurent, 1950, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 6: 135 (14 in preprint); Laurent, 1954, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 23: 134 (15 of preprint).

Ptychadena bibroni — Guibé and Lamotte, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 942; Lamotte, 1967, Bull. Inst. Fondam. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 29: 241. Based on specimens of Ptychadena pujoli according to Lamotte and Ohler, 1997, Zoosystema, 19: 531-543.

Rana (Ptychadena) maccarthyensisGuibé and Lamotte, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 954; Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233; by implication.

Ptychadena maccarthyensisSchiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 23; Lamotte, 1967, Bull. Inst. Fondam. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 29: 238; Perret, 1979, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 102: 17; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56; by implication.

Ptychadena mossambica maccarthyensisBöhme, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Beitr., 29: 371, by implication.

Ptychadena mascareniensis bibroniPerret, 1979, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 102: 7-17.

Ptychadena (Ptychadena) maccarthyensisDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 316.

English Names

MacCarthy Grassland Frog (Ptychadena maccarthyensis [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 105).

Broad-banded Grass Frog (Ptychadena bibroni: Barnett, Emms, and Santoni, 2001, Herpetol. Bull., London, 77: 8).

Distribution

Gambia and Mauritania to northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo (Garamba), presumably in South Sudan.

Comment

See accounts by (as Rana maccarthyensis) Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 63, and (as Ptychadena maccarthyensis) Perret, 1979, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 102: 17, and (as Ptychadena bibroni) by Lamotte and Ohler, 1997, Zoosystema, 19: 531-543. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 96-109, provided an account and discussed various confusions in the literature. See also Perret, 1999, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 122: 109-112. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 94, provided records from Mauritania. Nago, Grell, Sinsin, and Rödel, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 93-108, provided a record for Benin. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 23, provided records for Nigeria. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, provided records for Gambia. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 306, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Dehling and Sinsch, 2013, Zool. Anz., 253: 143-157, suggested on the basis of 16s mtDNA distance that an unnamed species conflated with this species is found in Gabon. 

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