Phlyctimantis maculatus (Duméril, 1853)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Phlyctimantis > Species: Phlyctimantis maculatus

Hylambates maculatus Duméril, 1853, Ann. Sci. Nat., Paris, Ser. 3, 19: 165. Syntypes: MNHNP 781 and 4604, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 58. Type locality: "l'île de Zanzibar", Tanzania.

Kassina poweri Hoffman, 1944, Soöl. Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 1: 169. Holotype: NMB 237. Type locality: "St. Lucia Estuary, Zululand". Rep. South Africa. Synonymy by FitzSimons in Wager, 1956, Afr. Wildl., 10: 151-156; Loveridge, 1957, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 117: 320; and Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 174.

Kassina maculataStevens, 1974, Arnoldia, Zimbabwe, 6: 9; Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 58; not Stevens, 1971, Zool. Afr., 6: 313-320, as cited by several authors.

Kassina (Hylambates) maculataDubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 263.

Kassina (Kassina) maculataDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 37.

Phlyctimantis maculatus — Portik and Blackburn, 2016, Evolution, 70: 2024. 

English Names

Spotted Hylambates (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 135).

Vlei Frog (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 188; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 226).

Red-legged Kassina (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 7; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 226; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 189; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 188; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 272).

Brown-spotted Tree Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 7; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 226).

Red-legged Pan Frog (Pienaar, 1963, Koedoe, 6: 81; Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 7; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 226; Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 152).

Spotted Kassin's Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

Spotted Kassina (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

Spotted Running Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68).

Distribution

Coastal Kenya to northeastern Rep. South Africa through Tanzania, southern Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Mozambique.

Comment

Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 263, suggested the revival of Hylambates as a subgenus to contain this species. See comment under Kassina and Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 58. See accounts in Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 161-229; Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 124-125; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 189-190; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 188-190, Bishop, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 153-154, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 274-275. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 212, provided an account for Malawi. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, suggested this taxon to be imbedded within PhlyctimantisChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 235–236, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 244–245, provided an account and map. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 210–211, provided a brief account and photograph. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 90–91, provided a brief discussion of a collection from northern Mozambique.  

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