oa Annals of the Natal Museum - A revision of southern African Pyxicephalus Tschudi (Anura: Ranidae)

Volume 25, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0304-0798



The status and variation of Pyxicephalus adspersus Tschudi is examined, the area considered includes Botswana, South Africa, South West Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The following forms are recognised: Pyxicephalus adspersus adspersus Tschudi is a large form generally restricted to higher altitudes. It has a temperate transitional distribution. Pyxicephalus adspersus edulis Peters is considered a valid subspecies of adspersus. It has a tropical distribution and is mainly confined to low altitudes. Pyxicephalus adspersus angusticeps ssp.n. is at present known only from material collected at Beira, Mozambique, apart from one adult that is probably from the periphery of its range.

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