Tomopterna marmorata (Peters, 1854)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Tomopterna > Species: Tomopterna marmorata

Pyxicephalus marmoratus Peters, 1854, Ber. Bekannt. Verhandl. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1854: 627. Holotype: ZMB 4808 according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 49. Type locality: "Boror", Mozambique.

Tomopterna marmorataGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 7. Vences, Glaw, Kosuch, Das, and Veith, 2000, Lourenço and Goodman (eds.), Diversité et Endéémisme à Madagascar: 232.

Pyxicephalus obtusus FitzSimons, 1930, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 14: 40. Types: TMP 12901, according to XXX. Type locality: "the farm 'Zekoegat' on the Olifants River, Eastern Transvaal", Rep. South Africa. Synonymy by Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 80; Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 99.

Arthroleptis rosei Hoffman, 1944, Soöl. Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 1: 174. Holotype: NMP 2614, according to XXX. Type locality: "Chitiala [= Chitala River], Nyasaland", Tanzania according to Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 376. Synonymy by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 99. Formerly considered a synonym of Tomopterna delalandii (as Rana delalandii) by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329.

Pyxicephalus marmoratusPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 99. Removal from synonymy of Tomopterna delalandii.

Rana (Tomopterna) marmorataDubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233, by implication.

Tomopterna (Tomopterna) marmorataDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 57.

English Names

Striped Pyxie (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 134).

Blunt-nosed Pyxie (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 80).

Blunt-nosed Burrowing Frog (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 80).

Mozambique Pyxie (Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 112).

Mozambique Dwarf Bullfrog (Broadley, 1974, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 12: 31).

Russet-backed Sand Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 124; Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 325).

Marmorate Pyxie (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 124; Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 87).

Mozambique Burrowing Frog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 124).

Moçambique Burrowing Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5).

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

Russet-backed Sand Frog (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 442).

Distribution

Northeastern Rep. South Africa, and Mozambique through Malawi to eastern Botswana and Zambia.

Comment

Possibly has a wider distribution northward than indicated but obscured by confusion with other species, particularly Tomopterna cryptotis, in the literature according to J.C. Poynton IN Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 524. See accounts in Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 129-130, Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 78-79, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 122-123, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 442-443. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 294-295, provided an account for Malawi.

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