Petropedetes johnstoni (Boulenger, 1888)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Petropedetidae > Genus: Petropedetes > Species: Petropedetes johnstoni

Cornufer johnstoni Boulenger, 1888 "1887", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1887: 564. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.7.44, according to museum records. Type locality: "Rio del Rey" (= river Ndian), western Cameroon.

Tympanoceros newtoni Bocage, 1895, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 3: 270. Holotype: Not found in the MBL by Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 21, so presumably lost at that time; should it have been in MBL it would have been destroyed in 1978 fire. Type locality: "L'ile de Fernão do Po dans le golfe de Guiné". Synonymy by Barej, Rödel, Gonwouo, Pauwels, Böhme, and Schmitz, 2010, Zootaxa, 2340: 4.

Cornufer johnstoniWerner, 1898, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 48: 200. In error considered a new name and junior primary homonym of Cornufer johnstoni Boulenger, 1888, Parker, 1936, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1936: 147., when it is actually a subsequent usage of the senior name.

Petropedetes johnstoniBoulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 439. Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 149.

Petropedetes newtoniBoulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 439. Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 21; Nieden, 1908, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 3: 500; Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 149.

English Names

Johnston's Water Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Newton's Water Frog (Petropedetes newtoni [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Distribution

Lowland forest and mangrove forest on the coastal plain of southwestern and southern Cameroon, Gabon, Bioko, and Equatorial Guinea.

Comment

See comment under Petropedetes parkeri. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 627. De la Riva, 1994, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 8: 132, provided a record (as Petropedetes newtoni) for Equatorial Guinea. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 386, reported this species (as Petropedetes newtoni) from Gabon. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes (as Petropedetes newtoni)on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Barej, Rödel, Gonwouo, Pauwels, Böhme, and Schmitz, 2010, Zootaxa, 2340: 4-13, provided an account and revision. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 267, provided information on comparative larval morphology.. Barej, Rödel, Loader, Menegon, Gonwouo, Penner, Gvoždík, Günther, Bell, Nagel, and Schmitz, 2014, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 71: 268, noted two unnamed species masquerading under this name. 

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