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Hymenochirus Boulenger, 1896

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Hymenochirus
4 species

Hymenochirus Boulenger, 1896, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 18: 420. Type species: Xenopus boettgeri Tornier, 1896, by monotypy.

English Names

Dwarf Clawed Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96).

Distribution

Forested equatorial Africa from Nigeria and Cameroon south through Gabon and east throughout the Congo River Basin.

Comment

Sokol, 1977, J. Morphol., 154: 357, discussed intergeneric affinities. Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 304, provided a key to species. Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 119, considered Hymenochirus to be the sister taxon of remaining pipids. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, considered Hymenochirus to be the sister taxon of Silurana + XenopusChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 287–261, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011: 1–232, provided a key for identification in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. 

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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