Tomopterna delalandii (Tschudi, 1838)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Tomopterna > Species: Tomopterna delalandii

Pyxicephalus Delalandii Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 46. Syntypes: MNHNP 721, 4521, and 4529 (5 specimens, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 40) and RMNH 2260-2261, according to Gassó Miracle, van den Hoek Ostende, and Arntzen, 2007, Zootaxa, 1482: 53-54. Type locality: "Promontorium Bonae Spei", Rep. South Africa.

Bombinator Delalandii Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 84. Name proposed as an objective synonym of Pyxicephalus delalandii to reference jar label names of syntypes in the RMNH and MNHNP. (Syntypes likely included types of Rana Delalandii Duméril and Bibron, 1841 = Rana angolensis—DRF.)

Pyxicephalus delalandii — Ahl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 6 (Based on specimens of Tomopterna cryptotis according to Lanza, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 168).

Tomopterna DelalandiiDuméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 8: 388; Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 329.

Tomopterna lalandiiGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 133.

Rana delalandiiBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 31.

Rana delalandeiBoettger, 1893, Zool. Anz., 16: 130. Based on specimens of Tomopterna cryptotis according to Lanza, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 168). Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Rana (Tomopterna) delalandiiBoulenger, 1918, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 43: 113, 119; Procter, 1920, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1920: 412; Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233; by implication.

Rana (Pyxicephalus) delalandiiParker, 1932, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1932: 365; Scortecci, 1933, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 72: 21(based on specimens of Tomopterna cryptotis according to Lanza, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 168); Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 596.

Rana (Pyxicephalus) delalandiScortecci, 1933, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 72: 21. Based on specimens of undetermined species from Somalia.

Rana delalandii delalandiiLoveridge, 1936, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 22: 89. Based on specimens of Tomopterna cryptotis according to Lanza, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 168.

Pyxicephalus delalandiiFitzSimons, 1946, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 20: 367.

Tomopterna (Tomopterna) delalandiiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56.

English Names

Delalande's Frog (Hewitt, 1937, Guide Vert. Fauna E. Cape Province, Rept. Amph. Fishes: 91; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 118).

Pyxie (Rose, 1950, Rep. Amph. S. Afr.: 23).

Striped Pyxie (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 134).

Delalande's Pyxie (Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 112).

Delalande's Burrowing Bullfrog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23).

Delalande's Dwarf Bullfrog (Broadley, 1974, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 12: 31).

Delalande's Burrowing Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 15).

Cape Burrowing Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 15).

Cape Sand Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 5; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 118; Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 322-323; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 438).

African Bullfrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 110).

Distribution

Namaqualand, southward in sandy areas through the Western Cape, and eastwards along the coast to Cape St. Francis, Rep. South Africa; possibly into adjacent Namibia.

Comment

See account in Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 319-320. See Channing and Bogart, 1996, S. Afr. J. Zool., 31: 80-85, for distribution map. Polyploid specimens reported by Bogart and Tandy, 1976, Science, 193: 334-335, are now recognized as XXX. Channing, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 322-323, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 114-116, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 438-439, provided accounts. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 357–358, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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