n African Journal of Herpetology - Species boundaries and biogeography of East African torrent frogs of the genus (Amphibia: Anura: Petropeditidae)

Volume 62, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2156-4574
  • E-ISSN: 2153-3660
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Based on morphology there are currently three described East African species of torrent frogs belonging to the tropical African genus ( and ). Taxonomic uncertainties are evident within this group: a putative new species reported from the Nguru Mountains and the species have a fragmented distribution across the Southern Tanzanian highlands. We conducted a molecular systematic study, sampling populations of East African petropedetids occurring in the mountains of Tanzania ( and ), to investigate species boundaries and biogeography. Data provide evidence for the recognition of well-defined genetically distinct populations occurring in each mountain fragment (for ), and further support for a new undescribed species from the Nguru Mountains. We examine phylogenetic patterns in relation to the biogeographic history of the region.

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