Heterixalus Laurent, 1944

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Heterixalus
11 species

Heterixalus Laurent, 1944, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 38: 111. Type species: Eucnemis madagascariensis Duméril and Bibron, 1841, by original designation. Coined as a subgenus of Megalixalus.

HeterixalusLaurent, 1950, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 64: 14. Laurent and Combaz, 1950, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 43: 277. Elevation to generic status.

English Names

Madagascar Reed Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).




See comment under Hyperolius. See Blommers-Schlösser, 1978, Genetica, 48: 23-40, for karyotypes. See Guibé, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Monogr., 11: 84-87, for synonymies and accounts. Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 111-126, provided accounts and synonymies. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 100-104, provided accounts of the species. Schmidt, Glaw, and Vences, 2002, Reptilia, 6: 71-78, provided distribution maps, color photographs, and brief characterizations of the species. Odierna, Aprea, Andreone, Böhme, and Vences, 2007, Ital. J. Zool., 74: 71-81, discussed karyotype evolution within Heterixalus and its relative position among hyperoliid genera. Wollenberg, Glaw, Meyer, and Vences, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 45: 14-22, provided a molecular phylogeny of the taxon and suggested that Heterixalus is the sister taxon of Tachymenis. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their molecular study, confirmed this relationship.

Contained taxa (11 sp.):

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