Amietia wittei (Angel, 1924)

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

Phrynobatrachus Wittei Angel, 1924, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, 30: 130. Holotype: MNHNP 1924.15, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 40. Type locality: "Molo, station de l'Ouganda railway, située près du sommet du Maü escarpment (versant oreintal), altitude 2,080 mètres", Kenya.

Rana (Rana) witteiGuibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 34; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42.

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

Afrana witteiVisser and Channing, 1997, J. Afr. Zool., 111: 192, by implication.

Amietia witteiFrost, 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: 240, by implication.

English Names

Molo Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 110).

De Witte's River Frog (Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 55). 

Distribution

Known from Mount Elgon, Kenya, east to both sides of the eastern Rift Valley, and the high Aberdare Mountains, and south to Mt Kilimanjaro, Tanzania between 1100–1900 m 

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. The species is not yet well defined according to J.-L. Perret in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 520. Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 73-74, provided an account as Rana witteiChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 328–329, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Larson, Castro, Behangana, and Greenbaum, 2016, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 99: 168–181, discussed the systematics of the species and noted that there is no evidence for its range extending outside of Kenya and adjacent northern Tanzania. See account by Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 55–56. 

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