Hyperolius major Laurent, 1957

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

Hyperolius platyceps major Laurent, 1957, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 42: 6. Holotype: IRSNB 1.096 according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 9. Type locality: "Kaziba, rive g. de la Mweleshi, affl. g. de la Senze", Umpemba National Park, Dem. Rep. Congo.

Hyperolius majorSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 189.

English Names

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

Distribution

Medium to low altitudes in Upemba highlands of the southern Dem. Rep. Congo, northwestern Zambia and likely adjacent Angola (see comment).

Comment

Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 197–199, suggested that Hyperolius platyceps major Laurent, 1957, may be a distinct species. This recognition was effected by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 189, and Schiøtz and Van Daele, 2003, Alytes, 20: 143 (who noted that it's voice differs from Hyperolius platyceps). Schiøtz, 2006, Alytes, 24: 55–57, provided a record for central Dem. Rep. Congo and briefly discussed the species. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 256, noted specimens in the Mwinilung District, northwestern Zambia, suggesting its possible occurrence in adjacent Angola. See Bittencourt-Silva, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (2: e181): 6, for comments on morphology, systematics, and ecology in western Zambia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 188–189, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.  

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