Wolterstorffina Mertens, 1939

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Wolterstorffina
3 species

Wolterstorffina Mertens, 1939, Abh. Ber. Mus. Nat. Heimatkd. Magdeburg, 7: 122. Type species: Nectophryne parvipalmata Werner, 1898, by monotypy.

English Names

Wolterstorff Toads (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 46).

Distribution

Nigeria and Cameroon.

Comment

Grandison, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 187-215, discussed characters and relationships of this genus. Graybeal and Cannatella, 1995, Herpetologica, 51: 122, noted that there is no unambiguous evidence in support of the monophyly of this taxon. Frost, 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: 129, and Van Bocxlaer, Loader, Roelants, Biju, Menegon, and Bossuyt, 2010, Science, 327: 679-682, suggested on the basis of DNA sequence evidence that Wolterstorffina is the sister taxon of Werneria + Nectophryne. Smith and Chiszar, 2006, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 1: 6-8, implied that this taxon should be considered a subgenus of Bufo; see comment under Bufonidae. See comment under Werneria. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, suggested that the nearest relative is WerneriaChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 164–165, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

Contained taxa (3 sp.):

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