Hyperolius mariae Barbour and Loveridge, 1928

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

Hyperolius mariae Barbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 217. Holotype: MCZ 13267, by original designation. Type locality: "near the mill dam at Derema, Usambara Mtns., Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]".

Hyperolius bitaeniatus Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 58. Holotype: ZMB 39004, according to Tillack, de Ruiter, and Rödel, 2021, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 97: 418. Type locality: “Konde-Nika, Deutsch-Ost-Afrika” [= Region at the northern tip of Lake Malawi, Mbeya and Njombe Region, Tanzania]. Synonymy by Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 211 (as a subspecies of Hyperolius viridiflavus) and by Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 224. (as a subspecies of Hyperolius marmoratus). Formerly placed provisionally in synonymy of Hyperolius rhodoscelis by Laurent, 1943, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 4: 67. Considered a junior synonym of Hyperolius marmoratus mariae by Laurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 386.

Hyperolius noblei Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 400. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Kilwa (Deutsch-Ostafrika)". Synonymy (with Hyperolius pincticulatus) by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 372. Considered a junior synonym of Hyperolius marmoratus mariae by Laurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 386. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 118, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

Hyperolius melanophthalmus Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 341. Syntypes: ZMB (4 specimens) unnumbered, according to the original publication; MCZ 17640 (on exchange from ZMB), according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 128, is a syntype. Type locality: "Sansibar" (= Zanzibar), Tanzania. Synonymy with Hyperolius mariae by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 372; Parker, Moreau, and Pakenham, 1940, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 5: 309-314. Junior synonym of Hyperolius marmoratus mariae according to Laurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 386. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 68, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

Hyperolius renschi Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 397. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Sansibar" (= Zanzibar), Tanzania. Synonymy with Hyperolius mariae by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 372; Parker, Moreau, and Pakenham, 1940, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 5: 309-314. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 115, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

Hyperolius udjidjiensis Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 370. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication; ZMB 36101 according to Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 87. Type locality: "Udjidji", Tanzania. Synonymy with Hyperolius striolatus by Loveridge, 1933, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 74: 346, although this was ambiguous as he noted that the "Ujiji specimen may be distinct", suggesting that he was only allocating Kenya specimens to Hyperolius striolatus. Synonymy with Hyperolius marmoratus striolatus by Laurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 387. Synonymy with Hyperolius marmoratus rubripes by Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 87. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 97, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

Hyperolius rubripes Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 361. Syntypes: ZMB (2 specimens) unnumbered, according to the original publication; ZMB 36110 considered holotype by Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 87, a lectotype designation by implication. Type locality: "Kililana", Kenya. Placed in the synonymy of Hyperolius sansibaricus by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 372. Considered a subspecies of Hyperolius marmoratus by Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 87. The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 88, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent). Synonymy by Wieczorek, Drewes, and Channing, 2001, Amphibia-Reptilia, 22: 159.

Hyperolius marmoratus mariaeLaurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 386.

Hyperolius marmoratus rubripes — Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 87.

Hyperolius viridiflavus rubripesSchiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 205.

Hyperolius viridiflavus bitaeniatusSchiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 211.

Hyperolius marmoratus bitaeniatus —  Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 224.

English Names

None noted.

Distribution

Coast of southern Kenya and northeastern Tanzania; northwestern Zambia and adjacent Dem. Rep. Congo.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Hyperolius marmoratus by Wieczorek, Drewes, and Channing, 2000, J. Biogeograph., 27: 1235, where it had been placed by Laurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 386. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 168-169, provided an account, but did not include Dem. Rep. Congo or Zambia within the stated range. Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 427, discussed the intergradation of nominal Hyperolius renschi and Hyperolius mariae. See general discussion of the Hyperolius viridiflavus–parallelus–marginatus group by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 206–228, and specifically tof the forms he treats as Rubripes, Mariae, and Bitaeniatus. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 184–185, provided a brief account. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 396, regarded this nominal taxon as too insufficiently known to treat adequately in their field guide. 

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