Hyperolius guttulatus Günther, 1858

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Hyperolius > Species: Hyperolius guttulatus

Hyperolius guttulatus Günther, 1858, Arch. Naturgesch., 24: 326. Syntypes: BMNH (3 specimens) according to Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 86. Type locality: "Afrika".

Hyperolius reticulatus Günther, 1865 "1864", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1864: 482. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.9.56, by museum records. Type locality: "probably from West Africa", considered as unknown by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 125. Synonymy by Laurent, 1958, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 53: 275.

Rappia lagoensis Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 487. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens) by original designation. Type locality: "Lagos", Nigeria. Given as "Lagos" and "West Africa" by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 123. Synonymy by Laurent, 1958, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 53: 275.

Hyperolius lagoensisPeters, 1875, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1875: 207; Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 252, 326; Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 412.

Rappia reticulataBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 125.

Rappia lagoensisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 123.

Rappia guttulataBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 125.

Hyperolius guttulatusNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 252, 326. Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 416.

Hyperolius buchholzi Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 320. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Accra", Ghana. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 56, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent). Synonymy by Schiøtz, 1967, Spolia Zool. Mus. Haun., 25: 161; Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 224.

Hyperolius reticulatusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 356.

Hyperolius liberiensis Laurent, 1951, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 46. Holotype: MNHNP 1921.175, by original designation. Type locality: "Sanikolé = Sanoquelle, Liberia". Synonymy by Laurent, 1958, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 53: 275.

English Names

Dotted Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67).

Spotted Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 188).  

Distribution

Sierra Leone to western Gabon in forest. See comment. 

Comment

Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 224–226, provided an account and mentioned misidentifications in the literature. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 78–80, provided records for Nigeria. Segniagbeto, Bowessidjaou, Dubois, and Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 24: 77, commented on the presence of this species in Togo. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 350–356. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 209–210, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 120–121, provided a brief account and map. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 25, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 57). Rödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 22, reported this species from the Krahn-Bassa Proposed Protected Area in southeastern Liberia and the Foya Proposed Protected Area in western Liberia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 188–189, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Portik, Bell, Blackburn, Bauer, Barratt, Branch, Burger, Channing, Colston, Conradie, Dehling, Drewes, Ernst, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Harvey, Hillers, Hirschfeld, Jongsma, Kielgast, Kouete, Lawson, Leaché, Loader, Lötters, van der Meijden, Menegon, Müller, Nagy, Ofori-Boateng, Ohler, Papenfuss, Rößler, Sinsch, Rödel, Veith, Vindum, Zassi-Boulou, and McGuire, 2019, Syst. Biol., 68: 859–875, implied that this nominal species is a complex. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 253, noted the presence of Hyperolius cf. guttulatus in Uigé Province, northwestern Angola. Kanga, Kouamé, Zogbass, Gongomin, Agoh, Kouamé, Konan, Adepo-Gourène, Gourène, and Rödel, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15: 71–107, commented on conservation status, identification, range, and habitat on the Ivory Coast side of Mont Nimba.  

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