Afrixalus knysnae (Loveridge, 1954)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Afrixalus > Species: Afrixalus knysnae

Hyperolius knysnae Loveridge, 1954, Ann. Natal Mus., 13: 95. Holotype: MCZ 10884, by original designation. Type locality: "Knysna, [Western] Cape Province, Union of South Africa".

Afrixalus brachycnemis knysnaePoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 181.

Afrixalus knysnaePickersgill, 1984, Durban Mus. Novit., 13: 206.

English Names

Knysna Banana Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65).

Knysna Spiny Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 139).

Knysna Spiny Leaf-folding Frog (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 232).

Distribution

Marshy habitats in the Knysna area (Groenvlei in the west to Covie in the east) on the south coast of Rep. South Africa, astride the Western Cape--Eastern Cape provincial border.

Comment

Treated as distinct from Afrixalus brachycnemis by Pickersgill, 1984, Durban Mus. Novit., 13: 206. See accounts by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 181-182, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 81–82 (who, p. 80, questioned whether this taxon is distinct from Afrixalus spinifrons);  Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 139-140, Burger, Pickersgill, Braack, and Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 128-131, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 435-436, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 234. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 280. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 189, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 189, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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