Ptychadena pumilio (Boulenger, 1920)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ptychadenidae > Genus: Ptychadena > Species: Ptychadena pumilio

Rana pumilio Boulenger, 1920, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 9, 6: 106. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Medine, Senegal".

Rana (Ptychadena) pumilioDe Witte, 1921, Rev. Zool. Afr., 9: 7. Guibé and Lamotte, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 947; Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233; by implication.

Ptychadena mascareniensis pumilioLamotte, 1968 "1967", Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 39: 654. Lamotte, 1967, Bull. Inst. Fondam. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 29: 242.

Ptychadena pumilioDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56, by implication.

Ptychadena (Ptychadena) pumilioDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 316.

English Names

Medine Grassland Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 105).

Dwarf Grass Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 127; Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 173).

Spotted-throated Ridged Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 127).

Dwarf Rana (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 127).

Little Rocket Frog (Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 11).

Pygmy Grass Frog (Jacobsen, 2009, Afr. Herp News, 47: 5).

Distribution

Senegal and Cameroon to western Ethiopia through northern Dem. Rep. Congo, north-east-central Central African Republic, and southern Sudan.

Comment

Regarded by some authors (e. g. Lamotte, 1969, Mem. Inst. Fond. Afr. Noire, 84: 422) as a subspecies of Ptychadena mascareniensis. Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 153, provided a brief characterization and discussion of taxonomic problems with Ptychadena taenioscelis. See account by Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 84. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 90-95, provided an account. See comment under Ptychadena taenioscelis. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 385, reported this species from Gabon. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 96, suggested that this species will be found in southern Mauritania. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, noted that no specific records had been published for Gambia. Rödel, Gil, Agyei, Leaché, Diaz, Fujita, and Ernst, 2005, Salamandra, 41: 107-127, noted an seemingly undescribed species, similar to Ptychadena pumilio, in Ivory Coast. Jacobsen, 2009, Afr. Herp News, 47: 2-20, reported this species from east-north-central Central African Republic. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 173. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 311–312, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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