Tomopterna tandyi Channing and Bogart, 1996

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

Tomopterna tandyi Channing and Bogart, 1996, S. Afr. J. Zool., 31: 80. Holotype: PEM A-2283, by original designation. Type locality: "Bedford in the Eastern Cape, South Africa (32° 42′ S, 26° 04′ E)".

English Names

Tandy's Sand Frog (Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 328; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 332; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 446).

Distribution

Found in a broad band from the Eastern Cape coast between Port Elizabeth and the Kei River mouth, northwards to the highlands around the Vaal River and Pietersburg, Rep. South Africa; north and west to Grootfontein and Hardap in Namibia to southwestern Angola; and northward in a very poorly understood range through Tanzania and Kenya; possibly in Lesotho.

Comment

A tetraploid species, likely of hybrid original between Tomopterna cryptotis and Tomopterna delalandii, according to the original publication. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 332-333, provided an account and noted that this species is indistinguishable morphological from Tomopterna cryptotis and Tomopterna delalandei and that many of the records of Tomopterna cryptotis in many countries may actually refer to Tomopterna tandyi. See accounts by Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 328-329, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 116-117, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 446-447. Bates and Haacke, 2003, Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 19: 141, suggested the possible presence of this species in Lesotho. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 360–361, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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