Pseudophilautus fergusonianus (Ahl, 1927)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Rhacophoridae > Subfamily: Rhacophorinae > Genus: Pseudophilautus > Species: Pseudophilautus fergusonianus

Rhacophorus fergusonii Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 82. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation and illustrated on pl. 8, fig. 3 of the original publication; BMNH 1947.2.27.61 (formerly 76.3.21.34) according to Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 29. Type locality: "Ceylon" = Sri Lanka]. Junior secondary homonym of Ixalus fergusonii Günther, 1876.

Rhacophorus (Polypedates) fergusoniiMüller, 1887, Verh. Naturforsch. Ges. Basel, 8: 255.

Rhacophorus fergusonianus Ahl, 1927, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1927: 44. Replacement name for Rhacophorus fergusonii Boulenger, 1882.

Rhacophorus (Rhacophorus) fergusonianusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 130.

Philautus (Kirtixalus) fergusonianusBossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 29.

Kirtixalus fergusonianusYu, Rao, Zhang, and Yang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 50: 578, by implication.

Pseudophilautus fergusonianusLi, Che, Murphy, Zhao, Zhao, Rao, and Zhang, 2009, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 53: 519. Provisional arrangement by implication.

English Names

Ferguson's Shrub Frog (de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 99).

Distribution

North-eastern part of the hill country at elevations of 300-700 m, Sri Lanka.

Comment

Resurrected from the synonymy of Rhacophorus microtympanum in the account by Dutta and Manamendra-Arachchi, 1996, Amph. Fauna Sri Lanka: 186, where it had been placed by Wolf, 1936, Bull. Raffles Mus., 12: 174. Some of the synonyms listed under Rhacophorus microtympanum may apply to this species. See Bossuyt and Dubois, 2001, Zeylanica, 6: 29, for a discussion of nomenclature and their interpretation of Article 59.3 of the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (1999). Manamendra-Arachchi and Pethiyagoda, 2005, Raffles Bull. Zool., Suppl., 12: 207-210, provided an account and noted that this species resembles Pseudophilautus regius, Pseudophilautus stictomerus, and Pseudophilautus sarasinorum (as Philautus). Dutta, 1997, Amph. India Sri Lanka: 100-101, provided taxonomic notes, bibliography, and range. de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 99, provided a brief account and color photograph. de Silva, 2009, Amph. Rep. Sri Lanka Photograph. Guide: 99, provided a brief account and color photograph.

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