Afrixalus knysnae (Loveridge, 1954)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Afrixalus > Species: Afrixalus knysnae

Hyperolius knysnae Loveridge, 1954, Ann. Natal Mus., 13: 95. Holotype: MCZ 10884, by original designation. Type locality: "Knysna, [Western] Cape Province, Union of South Africa".

Afrixalus brachycnemis knysnaePoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 181.

Afrixalus knysnaePickersgill, 1984, Durban Mus. Novit., 13: 206.

English Names

Knysna Banana Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65).

Knysna Spiny Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 139).

Knysna Spiny Leaf-folding Frog (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 232).

Distribution

Marshy habitats in the Knysna area (Groenvlei in the west to Covie in the east) on the south coast of Rep. South Africa, astride the Western Cape–Eastern Cape provincial border.

Comment

Treated as distinct from Afrixalus brachycnemis by Pickersgill, 1984, Durban Mus. Novit., 13: 206. See accounts by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 181-182, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 81–82 (who, p. 80, questioned whether this taxon is distinct from Afrixalus spinifrons);  Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 139-140, Burger, Pickersgill, Braack, and Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 128-131, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 435-436, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 234. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 280. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 189, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 189, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. De Lange and Du Preez, 2018, Zootaxa, 4521: 121–124, described the larva and commented on aspects of reproductive biology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 164–165, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.  

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