Hyperolius platyceps (Boulenger, 1900)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Hyperolius > Species: Hyperolius platyceps

Rappia platyceps Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 444. Syntype(s): BMNH (2 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Benito River", elsewhere in the original publication suggested to be "Benito River, north of the Gaboon River between 20 and 30 miles inland from the coast, Gaboon", Equatorial Guinea.

Rappia platyceps var. angolensis Ferreira, 1906, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 7: 161. Syntypes: MUP, by original indication. One extant syntype, MUP 017303 (from Quilombo), the other (from N'Golla Bumba) apparently lost, according to Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 22. Type locality: "N'Golla Bumba e Quilombo", Angola. Junior subjective homonym of Hyperolius marmoratus var. angolensis Steindachner, 1867. Synonymy by Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011, Clé de détermination, Amph. Afri. Centr. Angola: xxx, and  Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 23. 

Rappia pleurotaenia Boulenger, 1906, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 17: 322. Types: BMNH. Type locality: "Zima", South Cameroon, and "Rio Benito", Equatorial Guinea. Placement as subspecies of Hyperolius platyceps by Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 403. Formerly regarded (Laurent, 1943, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 4: 71) as a synonym of Hyperolius purpurescens.

Rappia bivittata Ferreira, 1906, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 7: 161. Syntypes: MUP, according to R. Laurent in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 210; MUP 017302 designated lectotype by Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 20. Type localities: "Rio Luinha, Quilombo, N'golla Bumba", Angola. Lectotype from Rio Luinha (Cuanza Norte Prov.) 09° 16′ S 14° 32′ E, 50 m elevation according to  Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 20.

Rappia fasciata Ferreira, 1906, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 7: 164. Holotype: MUP, according to R. Laurent in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 210; MUP 017294 according to Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 20. Type locality: "Quilombo", Angola. Considered a likely synonym of Hyperolius platyceps by R. Laurent in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 210); this formalized by Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011, Clé de détermination, Amph. Afri. Centr. Angola: XXX, and discussed by Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 20. 

Hyperolius pleurotaeniusNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 251, 328. Secondary homonym of Hyperolius bivittatus Peters, 1854. Considered a likely synonym of Hyperolius platyceps by R. Laurent in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 210; this formalized by Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011, Clé de détermination, Amph. Afri. Centr. Angola: XXX, and discussed by Ceríaco, Blackburn, Marques, and Calado, 2014, Alytes, 31: 19–20.

Hyperolius platycepsNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 251, 328.

Hyperolius ferreirai Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 324. Replacement name for Rappia bivittatus Ferreira, 1906.

Hyperolius fasciatus — Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 252, 325; Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 372.

Hyperolius angolanus Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 22. Replacement name for Rappia platyceps var. angolensis Ferreira, 1906, according to Laurent in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 207.

Megalixalus platycepsLoveridge, 1938, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 17: 66; Mertens, 1938, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 442: 25.

Hyperolius platyceps platycepsLaurent, 1943, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 4: 94.

Hyperolius platyceps lomamiensis Laurent, 1943, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 4: 94. Holotype: MRAC 12387, by original designation. Type locality: "Kisamba (Terr. de Kamina, Haut-Lomami)", Dem. Rep. Congo.

Hyperolius platyceps lombaris Laurent, 1951, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 29. Holotype: MNHNP 1908.46, by original designation. Type locality: "Bitye, Ja river, Cameroun".

Hyperolius platyceps olbrechtsi Laurent, 1952, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 46: 275. Holotype: MRAC unnumbered, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Nyunzu, alt. 700 m., Terr. d'Albertsville, Tanganyika [Tanzania]".

Hyperolius platyceps angolanusLaurent, 1954, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 23: 77.

Hyperolius platyceps pleurotaeniaPerret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 403.

English Names

Benito River Reed Frog (Hyperolius platyceps: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67).

Angola Reed Frog (Hyperolius angolanus [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).

Rio Luinha Reed Frog (Hyperolius ferreirai [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67).

Distribution

Southern Cameroon to southwestern Rep. Congo, southwestern Central African Republic, northwestern Angola and western Dem. Rep. Congo.

Comment

Revised by Amiet, 1979 "1978", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 25: 224–254, who discussed relationships. Gabon record by Lötters, Gossmann, Obame, and Böhme, 2001, Herpetofauna, Weinstadt, 23: 31. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 383, reported this species from Gabon. Schiøtz, 2006, Alytes, 24: 54–57, provided discussion of geographic variation and other taxonomic difficulties. The sister taxon of a group composed of Hyperolius chelaensis and Hyperolius cinereus, according to Conradie, Branch, Measey, and Tolley, 2012, Zootaxa, 3269: 1–17. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 145–146, provided a brief account and map. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 254–261.

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