Tachycnemis seychellensis (Duméril and Bibron, 1841)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Tachycnemis > Species: Tachycnemis seychellensis

Eucnemis seychellensis Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 76. Syntpes: RMNH 1767 (according to Gassó Miracle, van den Hoek Ostende, and Arntzen, 2007, Zootaxa, 1482: 39) and MNHNP 4592 (according to Roux-Estève, 1979, Bull. Trim. Soc. Geol. Normandie et Amies Mus. Harve, 66: 26, who considered this specimen the "type", presumably in error. Type locality: "Seychelles". Nomen nudum.

Eucnemis seychellensis Duméril and Bibron, 1841, Erp. Gen., 6: 526. Syntypes: MNHNP 4592, 4593, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 57. Type locality: "îles Seychelles".

Hyperolius seychellensisGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 128.

Megalixalus infrarufus Günther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 485. Syntypes: BMNH according to Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 128, these being BMNH 1947.2.9.80–81 (originally 1934.9.1.5–6) by museum records. Type locality: "not known"; corrected to "Mahé, one of the Seychelle Islands" by Günther, 1870, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1870: 150. Given as "Seychelles" by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 128. Synonymy by Peters, 1881, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1881: 163; Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 128.

Megalixalus seychellensisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 128; Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 427.

Tachymenis seychellensisDubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 265.

English Names

Seychelles Island Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 70).

Seychelles Tree Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 76).


Central granitic Seychelles Is. (Mahé, Silhouette, Praslin, and La Digue).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Seychelles

Endemic: Seychelles


See account by Nussbaum and Wu, 1995, J. Zool., London, 236: 383–406, who noted low level of inter-island variation. Maddock, Day, Nussbaum, Wilkinson, and Gower, 2014, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 75: 194–201, reported on low levels of molecular variation among populations. 

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