Poyntonophrynus hoeschi (Ahl, 1934)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Poyntonophrynus > Species: Poyntonophrynus hoeschi

Bufo hoeschi Ahl, 1934, Zool. Anz., 107: 335. Syntypes: ZMB (4 specimens), by original designation; Mertens, 1955, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 490: 26, listed ZMB 35128 as 'Typus' constituting a lectotype designation by implication. Type locality: "Okahandja", Namibia.

Bufo jordani Parker, 1936, Novit. Zool., 40: 145. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.20.94 (formerly 1936.8.1.227), according to 50. Type locality: "Satansplatz, circa 1,300 m.", Namibia. Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 466-471, discussed the features of this nominal species and near relatives and removed all obstacles to the synonymy of this nominal species with Bufo hoeschi although they did not formally do so. Synonymy by Channing and Vences, 1999, S. Afr. J. Zool., 34: 78.

Bufo vertebralis hoeschiPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 65. Channing and Van Dijk, 1976, Guide Frogs S.W. Afr.: 11.

Bufo vertebralis jordaniPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 66.

Bufo hoeschiMertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 13. Channing, 1991, Madoqua, Windhoek, 17: 227.

Poyntonophrynus hoeschiFrost, 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: 365.

English Names

Okahandja Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 42).

Hoesch's Toad (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 77).

Distribution

West-central Namibia in association with rock outcrops.

Comment

In the Bufo vertebralis group according to Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 65. Considered a synonym of Bufo dombensis (in their Bufo vertebralis complex) by Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 159, although they considered Bufo jordani to be in the Bufo taitanus complex. See also Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 13, for taxonomic comments. Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 466-471, and Channing and Vences, 1999, S. Afr. J. Zool., 34: 74-79, discussed the features of this nominal species and near relatives. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 777, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 166-167, provided accounts. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 151–152, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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