Amnirana darlingi (Boulenger, 1902)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amnirana > Species: Amnirana darlingi

Rana darlingi Boulenger, 1902, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1902: 15. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Mazöe and between Umtali [Mutare] and Marandellas [= Marondera]", Mashonaland, Zimbabwe.

Rana (Rana) darlingiMonard, 1937 "1936", Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 62: 44.

Rana albolabris adisciferaSchmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 48. Holotype: FMNH 21171, by original designation. Type locality: "Chitau, Angola". Synonymy by Laurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 132; Perret, 1977, Rev. Suisse Zool., 84: 843.

Hylarana darlingiPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 119.

Rana (Hylarana) darlingiDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, by implication.

Rana (Amnirana) darlingiDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324.

Amnirana darlingiChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 266; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 33. See comment under Ranidae record.

Hydrophylax darlingiFrost, 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: 368.

Hylarana darlingiChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication.

Amnirana darlingi —  Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 187. 

English Names

Golden-backed Frog (Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 113; Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23; Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 100).

Darling's Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 107).

Darling's Golden-backed Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 15; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 452).

Darling's White-lipped Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 266).

Distribution

Savanna of Angola, Katanga Province (Dem. Rep. Congo), extreme northern Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, southern Malawi, and western Mozambique.

Comment

Sole member of the Rana (Amnirana) darlingi group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324. See Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 119, and Perret, 1977, Rev. Suisse Zool., 84: 843. See also Laurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 132. See accounts by Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 139-140 (as Hylarana darlingi). Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 266-268, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 87-88 (as Amnirana darlingi), and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 452-453. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 298-299, provided an account for Malawi. Conradie, Tweddle, Mäkinen, and Bills, 2012, Zootaxa, 3441: 56-58. reported on larval morphology. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 364, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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