Afrixalus morerei Dubois, 1986

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

Afrixalus septentrionalis morerei Dubois, 1986 "1985", Alytes, 4: 98. Holotype: ZMUC 9447, by original designation. Type locality: "forêt de Dabaga, Tanzanie (localité No. 9 de Tanzanie sur la carte de la fig. 1 in Schiøtz, 1975: 9)". Given by museum records as "Savanna between Dabaga and Kilolo" (personal commun., H. Kristensen, 24 Nov. 2010).

Afrixalus dabagae Pickersgill, 1992, Steenstrupia, 18: 146. Holotype: ZMUC 079447, by original designation. Type locality: "near Dabaga in Tanzania". Given by museum records as "Savanna between Dabaga and Kilolo" (personal commun., H. Kristensen, 24 Nov. 2010). Objective synonym of Afrixalus morerei. Pickersgill, when naming Afrixalus dabagae, was unaware of the earlier description of Afrixalus septentrionalis morerei (named by Dubois on the basis of the previously published specimen description by Schiøtz).

Afrixalus morereiPickersgill, 1995, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 44: 58; Pickersgill, 1996, Durban Mus. Novit., 21: 51.

English Names

Morere's Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 138).

Dabaga Leaf-folding Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 138 [alternative name]).

Distribution

High very open grassland and farmland in the southern Udzungwa highlands in Tanzania at elevations of 1300–2050 m.

Comment

Treated as part of Afrixalus pygmaeus by Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 87. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 138-139, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 458–459, provided accounts. 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: 281. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 190–191, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 84, provided a very brief account. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 168–169, provided a brief account and photograph. 

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