Amietia fuscigula (Duméril and Bibron, 1841)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Amietia > Species: Amietia fuscigula

English Names

Dark-throated River Frog (Hewitt, 1937, Guide Vert. Fauna E. Cape Province, Rept. Amph. Fishes: 95; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 132).

Dusky-throated River Frog (Rose, 1950, Rep. Amph. S. Afr.: 46; Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 162; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 132).

Dark-throated Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 15).

Cape River Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 132; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 259; Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 273; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 400; Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 27).

Cape Rana (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 141; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 132).

Brown-throated Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107).

Distribution

Southwestern Cape region from Namaqualand in the west to Rhodes in the east, Rep. South Africa. 

Comment

Prior to the revision of Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297, placed in the Section Strongylopus, subgenus Afrana of Rana of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 334. Reviewed by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 103–109, who clarified the Rana angolensisRana fuscigula problem. Further diagnosis in Channing, 1978, Ann. Natal Mus., 23: 361–365. See brief account by Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 93–94, and longer ones by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 259–260, Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 273–274, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 96–97, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 400–401. The name Rana hymenopus, although properly a synonym of Rana fuscigula has generally been applied to the species currently referred to as Amietia umbraculata. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 283, noted an unnamed and related species in Malawi. See comment under Strongylopus hymenopusChanning and Baptista, 2013, Zootaxa, 3640: 501–520, demonstrated broad confusion in the application of this name outside of the Cape Region of southern South Africa. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 319–320, provided information on comparative larval morphology. See account and revision by Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 28–31.

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