Ptychadena uzungwensis (Loveridge, 1932)

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

Rana mascareniensis uzungwensis Loveridge, 1932, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 72: 384. Holotype: MCZ 16626, by original designation. Type locality: "Dabaga, Uzungwe Mountains, Tanganyika Territory [=Tanzania]".

Ptychadena macrocephala Laurent, 1952, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 46: 22. Holotype: MRAC unnumbered, by original designation. Type locality: "Haute Lubitshako, 1. 900-2. 000 m, Terr. de Fizi, Kivu", Dem. Rep. Congo. Synonymy by Laurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 34: 9.

Ptychadena uzungwensisLaurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 34: 9.

Ptychadena uzungwensisLaurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 34: 9. Guibé and Lamotte, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 942; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56; by implication.

Rana (Ptychadena) uzungwensisGuibé and Lamotte, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 942, by implication; Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 117; Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233; by implication.

Rana (Ptychadena) uzungwensisSchmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 117.

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

English Names

Uzungwe Ridged Frog (Stewart and Wilson, 1966, Ann. Natal Mus., 18: 301; Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23).

Uzungwe Grass Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 116).

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

Udzungwa Ridged Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 129; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 344-345; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 317).

Udzungwa Grass Frog (Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 296; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 326).

Distribution

Medium to high altitude grassland on the East African plateau: Rwanda, Burundi, southeastern Dem. Rep. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe to Mozambique uplands and northern Angola.

Comment

Account by Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 117-123. See also Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 131, Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 151, and accounts by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 344-345, Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 296, and and Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 317-318. M. Cunningham (personal commun.) suggests on the basis of specimen examination that the two South African specimens are misidentified Ptychadena porosissima. This reidentification is apparently reflected in the account and distribution map in Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 326-327, which shows the southern extent of the range as being in south-central Zimbabwe, well north of South Africa. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 274-275, provided an account for Malawi. Müller and Larson, 2014, J. Herpetol., 48: 284-290, reported on larval morphology from the southern Udzungwa Mountains of Tanzania. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 272–273, provided a brief account and photograph. 

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