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Xenopus petersii Bocage, 1895

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Xenopus > Species: Xenopus petersii

Xenopus petersii Bocage, 1895, Herpetol. Angola Congo: 187. Syntypes: MBL 3.473 (Quindumbo), 3.474-477 (Caconda), 3.476 (S. Salvador do Congo), 3.478 (Dombe), 3.479 (Quimbula), 3.481-483 (Huila), 3.485 (Cassange), 3.486-488 (Dondo) according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 16; all thought to have been destroyed by fire in 1978; however Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 271, reported ZMB 5831 as a surviving syntype exchanged from the MBL. Type localities: "St. Salvador", "Benguella", "Catumbella", Quibula", "Quindumbo", "Caconda", "Huila", "Ambaca", "Dombe", and "Cassange", "Chimboto", and "Gimboto", all in Angola.

Xenopus poweri Hewitt, 1927, Rec. Albany Mus., 3: 413. Holotype: MMK. Type locality: "the Victoria Falls", Zambia and Zimbabwe. Synonymy with Xenopus laevis by Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 8; Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 32; with Xenopus laevis petersii by Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 508-510.

Xenopus laevis petersiParker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Xenopus laevis poweriSchmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 8. Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 32. Distinctiveness of Xenopus laevis poweri from Xenopus laevis petersi affirmed by Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7, rejecting the earlier view of Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597, that they were synonyms.

Xenopus (Xenopus) petersiiKobel, Barandun, and Thiebaud, 1998, Herpetol. J., 8: 13.

Xenopus petersiiChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248.

English Names

Peters' Clawed Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 46).

Peters' Platanna (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 336).

Distribution

Northern Namibia and northern Botswana through Angola and northern Zambia north to southern Dem. Rep. Congo, Rep. Congo, and southern Gabon; possibly to Malawi and western Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Xenopus laevis by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248, where it had been placed by Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597 (although considered to be distinctive at the subspecies level by Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7). See comment under Xenopus laevis. Measey and Channing, 2003, Amphibia-Reptilia, 24: 321-330, provided molecular evidence for the distinctiveness of Xenopus petersii from Xenopus laevis. Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 336-337, provided an account.

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