Scotobleps gabonicus Boulenger, 1900

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Scotobleps > Species: Scotobleps gabonicus

Scotobleps gabonicus Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 439. Syntypes: BMNH (3 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Benito River", elsewhere in the original publication noted to be "Benito River, north of the Gaboon River between 20 and 30 miles inland from the coast, Gaboon", Equatorial Guinea.

Astylosternus oxyrhynchus Nieden, 1908, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 3: 489-518; also described as new as  Astylosternus oxyrchynchus by Nieden, 1908, Zool. Anz., 32: 660). Holotype: ZMB, according to XXX. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1936, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 22: 86; Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 380, without discussion. 

Scotobleps camerunensis Ahl, 1927 "1925", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1925: 46. Syntypes: ZMB (2 specimens), unnumbered in the original publication. Type locality: "Kamerun (Bipindi)". Tentative synonymy by Parker, 1936, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1936: 140-141. Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 149, recognized Scotobleps camerunensis without comment on Parker's earlier action. Synonymy by Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 380; without discussion.

Astylosternus gabonicusParker, 1931, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 7: 493-495.

Scotobleps gabonicusDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 149.

English Names

Gaboon Forest Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 38).

Gabon Forest Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 238).    

Distribution

Southeastern Nigeria to Mayombe Hills (western Dem. Rep. Congo), through western and southwestern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and western Gabon; presumably in western Rep. Congo.

Comment

Frétey and Blanc, 2002 "2001", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 382, reported this species from Gabon. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 48, provided records for Nigeria. Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 8, provided records for southeastern Gabon and briefly discussed habitat and range. Dewynter, Chirio, Melki, Cordier, and Frétey, 2017, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 11: 27, provided a brief account and photographs of this species from the Mount Koumouna-Bouali area of Gabon. Dewynter, Frétey, Jongsma, Bamba-Kaya, and Pauwels, 2018, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 18: 40, provided a brief account and photographs from the Monts Birougou area of Gabon. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 11, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 47). Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 238–239, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See brief account, range map, and photographs for Equatorial Guinea in Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 137–230.    

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