Amietia johnstoni (Günther, 1894)

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

Rana johnstoni Günther, 1894 "1893", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1893: 620. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.32.31-32 (formerly 93.10.26.76-77), according to XXX. Type locality: "Tshiromo" (= Chiromo), Malawi; locality doubtful, according to Poynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 203.

Rana johnstoni johnstoniPoynton, 1966, Arnoldia, Zimbabwe, 2: 1-3.

Rana (Rana) johnstoniDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42.

Rana (Afrana) johnstoniDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 334.

Afrana johnstoniVisser and Channing, 1997, J. Afr. Zool., 111: 191-198.

Amietia johnstoniFrost, 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: 367.

English Names

Tshiromo Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108).

Johnston's River Frog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 262).

Mulanje River Frog (Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 34). 

Distribution

Known only from the Mount Mulanje above 1700 m in southern Malawi, presumably extending into adjacent Mozambique.

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. Discussed by Stewart, 1967, Amph. Malawi: 57-58, and by Poynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 203. See Poynton, 1966, Arnoldia, Zimbabwe, 2: 1-3, and Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 134-135, for accounts (including at that time Rana inyangae). See also Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 262-263. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Afrana johnstoni) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 475. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 281-282, provided an account for Malawi. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 322, provided information on comparative larval morphology. See Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 34–35, for account. 

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