Chiromantis xerampelina Peters, 1854

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Chiromantis > Species: Chiromantis xerampelina

Chiromantis xerampelina Peters, 1854, Ber. Bekannt. Verhandl. K. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1854: 627. Syntypes: ZMB 6593, 6594 (4 specimens), according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 50. Type locality: "Tette und Sena", Mozambique.

Chiromantis umbelluzianus Ferreira, 1920, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 3, 2: 205. Holotype: MBL 12-144 according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 21; destroyed in 1978 fire. Type locality: "ponte do Umbelluzi, distrito de Lourenço Marques, a 50 quilómetros da costa"; given as "Rio Umbeluzi, District de Maputo, Mozambique" by Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 21. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329.

Chiromantis microglossus Ahl, 1929, Zool. Anz., 80: 34. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered in original publication. Type locality: "Damara". Synonymy by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 157; Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7.

English Names

African Gray Treefrog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 168).

Large Grey Tree Frog (Rose, 1962, Rep. Amph. S. Afr., Ed. 2: 104).

Grey Tree Frog (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 80; Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 182; Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 119; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 202).

Grey Treefrog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

Foam Nest Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 202).

Foam Nest Treefrog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

Foam Nest Tree Frog (Van den Elzen, 1980, Rev. Fr. Aquar. Herpetol., 7: Insert page 1).

Southern Foam Nest Tree Frog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 202).

Great African Grey Tree Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 202).

Grey Foam-nest Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 139).

African Gray Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 111).

Southern Foam-nest Frog (Boycott and Theron, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 331; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 458).

Distribution

Savannas of coastal southeastern Kenya, southwestern Angola and northeastern Namibia south to KwaZulu-Natal, Rep. South Africa, and western and southwestern Botswana and adjacent Rep. South Africa.

Comment

Discussed by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 157–158, Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 119, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 375–378. See also account by Van den Elzen, 1980, Rev. Fr. Aquar. Herpetol., 7: 2 p. (who suggested that the species extended to southern Somalia). Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 38–39, provided a brief account. Boycott and Theron, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 331–333, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 339–341, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 296–299, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 458–459, provided an account. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 301–303, provided an account for Malawi. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 369–371, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 294–295, provided a brief account and photograph. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 103–104, provided a brief discussion of a collection from northern Mozambique.  

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