Ptychadena tellinii (Peracca, 1904)

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

Phrynobatrachus tellinii Peracca, 1904, Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. Univ. Torino, 19 (467): 4. Syntypes: 2 specimens, including MSNT 504 (1 specimen), according to Gavetti and Andreone, 1993, Cat. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat., Torino, 10: 85. Syntypes are MSNG 37461 and MZUT An 504 according to Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 343. Type locality: "Eritrea . . . . percorso Massaua-Cheren, passando per 'Asmara. . . . senza località determinata"; (= Eritrea . . . . between Massaua and Cheren, . . . . without a definite locality).

Rana schubotzi Sternfeld, 1917, in Mecklenburg (ed.), Ergebnisse der Zweit. Deutschen Zentral-Afr.-Exped. 1910–1911, Zool.: 493. Holotype: SMF 6242 (formerly 1051. 1a) according to Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 46. Type locality: "Fort Crampel", Central African Republic. Synonymy by Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 343.

Rana cornii Scortecci, 1929, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 68: 183. Syntypes: MSNM 593–594 (4 specimens), lost in World War II according to J.-L. Perret in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 487, in error, apparently; BMNH 1930.2.1.1 (exchanged from MSNM), according to Largen, 1997, Tropical Zool., 10: 72. MSNM Am 141 (2 specimens) are surviving syntypes according to Blackburn and Scali, 2014, Herpetol. Monogr., 28: 32, who discussed the material. Type localities: "Adamò" and "Pozzi di Guarabà" (surviving syntypes), Eritrea. Synonymy by Largen, 1997, Tropical Zool., 10: 72.

Rana huguettae Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 59. Holotype: RFI 3317; not located in MRAC or IRSNB by Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 12; presumably in FMNH. Type locality: "Ndelele, Parc National de la Garamba, Congo [=Dem. Rep. Congo], at 900 m". Synonymy by Perret, 1981, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 104: 53-57.

Ptychadena huguettaeAmiet, 1974, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 18: 114.

Ptychadena schubotziPerret, 1981, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 104: 53-54; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56; by implication.

Rana (Ptychadena) schubotziDubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233, by implication.

Rana (Euphlyctis) corniiDubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 240.

Euphlyctis corniiPoynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 124, by implication.

Occidozyga (Euphlyctis) corniiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 59.

Euphlyctis corniiDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 315.

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

Euphlyctis corniiDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 315.

Ptychadena telliniLargen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 343.

English Names

Central Grassland Frog (Ptychadena schubotzi: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 106).

Peracca's River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 104).

Tellini's Grass Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 170).

Eritrea Five-fingered Frog (Euphlyctis cornii [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).

Distribution

Western Eritrea, western Ethiopia and northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo west in savanna to southern Mali and Sierra Leone.

Comment

Discussed by Perret, 1981, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 104: 53-57. See Schiøtz, 1964, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 127: 22, 45 (as Ptychadena sp. I). See Amiet, 1974, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 18: 114 (as Ptychadena huguettae). See discussion by Largen, 1997, Tropical Zool., 10: 72. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 110-114, provided an account. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 96, suggested that this species will be found in southern Mauritania. Nago, Grell, Sinsin, and Rödel, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 93-108, provided a record for Benin. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, suggested that the species is expected to occur in Gambia although not so far recorded there. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 170-171. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 314–315, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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