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Amietia Dubois, 1987

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Amietia
16 species

Amietia Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 49. Type species: Rana vertebralis Hewitt, 1927, by original designation. Proposed as a subgenus of Rana.

Afrana Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 334. Type species: Rana fuscigula Duméril and Bibron, 1841, by original designation. Proposed as a subgenus of Rana. Considered a genus by Visser and Channing, 1997, J. Afr. Zool., 111: 192, and by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 264-265. Synonymy by 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: 240.

AmietiaChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 264. Treatment as a genus.

English Names

Large-mouthed Frogs (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 264).

River Frogs (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 255 [as Afrana]; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 394).

Distribution

Central and southern Africa.

Comment

See comment under Rana for access to geographically-based literature that prior to the revision of 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, would have treated this taxon as part of Rana. Keys and accounts for the southern African species provided by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: XXX, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 394-409. van der Meijden, Crottini, Tarrant, Turner, and Vences, 2011, Afr. J. Herpetol., 60: 1-12, suggested that Amietia is the sister taxon of Arthroleptella + Natalobatrachus as did Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences found Strongylopus grayii within Amietia. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 276-285, provided accounts and and an identification key for the species of Malawi. See comment under Strongylopus grayii. Channing and Baptista, 2013, Zootaxa, 3640: 501-520, discussed the species delimitation, biology, and phylogeny of the species within the taxon in southern Africa, providing a tree of (Amietia fuscigula + Amietia vandijki) + (Amietia quecketti + (Amietia poyntoni + Amietia angolensis)), although populations north of these (e.g., Ethiopia, D. R. Congo), nominally associated with Amietia angolensis, were not reported on at this time. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 317–329, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

Contained taxa (16 sp.):

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