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n African Journal of Herpetology - Foam-nest treefrogs in eastern Africa (Anura Rhacophoridae ) : taxonomic complexities : original article

Volume 49, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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Abstract

Parker's (1932) relegation of <I>Chiromantis kelleri&lt;/I&gt; to subspecific status as <I>C. petersii kelleri</I> is investigated. Examination of the holotypes of <I>C. petersii&lt;/I&gt; and <I>C. kelleri&lt;/I&gt; shows subspecific status for these taxa to be inappropriate. Available data leave an open question as to whether there is a closer relationship between <I>C. kelleri&lt;/I&gt; and <I>C. petersii&lt;/I&gt; rather than between <I>C. kelleri&lt;/I&gt; and <I>C. xerampelina</I>. Examination of the types of <I>C. macrops&lt;/I&gt; indicates that this material is conspecific with <I>C. kelleri</I>, together with some of the Somalian material identified by Parker as <I>C. p. kelleri</I>. Parker's remaining Somalian material appears to represent a robust, undescribed form, showing some features of both <I>C. kelleri&lt;/I&gt; and <I>C. xerampelina</I>. An apparently undescribed, large form is also noted from Somalia, and another from Uganda. This study reveals a complex pattern of diversity among northeast African <I>Chiromantis</I>, and suggests that current taxonomic analysis is less adequate than has been suspected.

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2000-12-01
2019-10-17

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