Revalidation of Phrynobatrachus maculiventris Guibe & Lamotte, 1958 and description of its aposematic coloured tadpole

TitleRevalidation of Phrynobatrachus maculiventris Guibe & Lamotte, 1958 and description of its aposematic coloured tadpole
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRödel, M-O., Sandberger L., Loua N. - S., Doumbia J., & Hillers A.
JournalAfrican Journal of Herpetology
Volume58
Pagination15-27
Date PublishedJun 2009
Accession NumberBIOSIS:PREV200900511565
Abstract

Phrynobatrachus maculiventris Guibe & Lamotte, 1958 is a valid species. Herein we clarify its taxonomic status, re-describe it, and provide the first description of its tadpole. The tadpoles' specific identity was assessed through DNA barcoding. Phrynobatrachus maculiventris adults differ from all other West African Phrynobatrachus species by a combination of smooth dorsal skin and a peculiar ventral colouration. The analysis of mitochondrial 16S rRNA revealed that R maculiventris differs from other West African species of the genus by at least 4.7% genetic differences. Their tadpoles are unmistakable due to their aposematic black and yellow colour pattern. Cordioglossa liberiensis Barbour & Loveridge, 1927 is a synonym of P maculiventris. Phrynobatrachus maculiventris has priority over C. liberiensis as the genus Phrynobatrachus has a species named P. liberiensis Barbour & Loveridge, 1927, that was described earlier than C. liberiensis.

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