Cacosternum namaquense Werner, 1910

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Cacosternum > Species: Cacosternum namaquense

Cacosternum namaquense Werner, 1910, Denkschr. Med. Naturwiss. Ges. Jena, 16: 294. Holotype: "No. 678", collection not stated although other types from this collection are in the ZMB. Type locality: "Kamaggas . . . und Gemsbok bei Steinkopf, Klein-Namaland", [Cape Province, Rep. South Africa].

English Names

Dainty Frog (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 167).

Namaqua Caco (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 186; Scott, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 230; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 370).

Namaqua Froglet (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 186).

Namaqua Metal Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).

Namaqua Dainty Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 290; Channing, Schmitz, Burger, and Kielgast, 2013, Zootaxa, 3701: 532).  

Distribution

Extreme southern Namibia and Namaqualand in Rep. South Africa.

Comment

See accounts by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 150-151, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 290-291, Scott, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 230-231, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 370-371. See Haacke, 1970, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 26: 278, for Namibian records. Removed from the synonymy of Cacosternum boettgeri by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: XXX, where it had been placed by Boulenger, 1910, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 5: 533. Boycott, De Villiers, and Scott, 2002, J. Herpetol., 36: 339, provided a map of the distribution. Bauer and Branch, 2001, Herpetol. Nat. Hist., 8: 125, commented on the range in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. See comments by Channing, Schmitz, Burger, and Kielgast, 2013, Zootaxa, 3701: 518–550. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 335–336, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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