Gephyromantis plicifer (Boulenger, 1882)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Mantellidae > Subfamily: Mantellinae > Genus: Gephyromantis > Species: Gephyromantis plicifer

Rana plicifera Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 464. Syntypes: BMNH (4 specimens), by original designation; BMNH 82.3.16.56-59 according to Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 210. Type locality: "East Betsileo", Madagascar.

Mantidactylus pliciferusBoulenger, 1895, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 15: 450; Mocquard, 1895, Bull. Soc. Philomath., Paris, Ser. 8, 7: 129. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Mantidactylus sculpturatus Ahl, 1929 "1928", Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 14: 477. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered according to the original publication; ZMB 30515 according to Vences and Glaw, 2001, Alytes, 19: 129; reported lost, apparently in error, by Blommers-Schlösser and Blanc, 1991, Faune de Madagascar, 75: 210. Type locality: "Nord-West-Madagascar"; this locality considered likely erroneus by Vences and Glaw, 2001, Alytes, 19: 129. Synonymy by Vences, Köhler, Andreone, Craul, Crottini, Du Preez, Preick, Rancilhac, Rödel, Scherz, Streicher, Hofreiter, and Glaw, 2021, Spixiana, München, 44: 175. 

Mantidactylus (Mantidactylus) sculpturatus — Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 30.

Mantidactylus (Mantidactylus) pliciferus — Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 30. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Mantidactylus (Gephyromantis) sculpturatus —  Vences and Glaw, 2001, Alytes, 19: 129, by implication.

Gephyromantis sculpturatus — Vences and Glaw, 2006, in Vences et al. (eds.), Calls Frogs Madagascar: 20.

Gephyromantis (Duboimantis) sculpturatus — Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 244, by implication; Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 2.

Mantidactylus (Gephyromantis) pliciferDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 312.

Gephyromantis pliciferVences and Glaw, 2006, in Vences et al. (eds.), Calls Frogs Madagascar: 20.

Gephyromantis (Duboimantis) pliciferGlaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 244, by implication; Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., Electron. Suppl., 11(1): 2.

English Names

Common Madagascar Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 101).

Distribution

East-central Madagascar. 

Comment

Prior to the revision of Glaw and Vences, 2006, Organisms Divers. Evol., 6: 236-253, in the Mantidactylus (Gephyromantis) granulatus group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 312. Subsequently, Vences and Glaw, 2001, Alytes, 19: 127-129, provided an account and placed this species in their Mantidactylus asper group. Glaw and Vences, 2007, Field Guide Amph. Rept. Madagascar, Ed. 3: 222-223, provided an account. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status (as Mantidactylus plicifer) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 624. Randrianiaina, Wollenberg, Hiobiarilanto, Strauss, Glos, and Vences, 2011, J. Nat. Hist., London, 45: 2871–2900, described larval morphology (as Gephyromantis sculpturatus). Rodriguez, Börner, Pabijan, Gehara, Haddad, and Vences, 2015, Evol. Ecol., 29: 765–785 (and supplemental data), reported (as Gephyromantis sculpturatus) on phylogeographic diversity and its causes. Vences, Köhler, Andreone, Craul, Crottini, Du Preez, Preick, Rancilhac, Rödel, Scherz, Streicher, Hofreiter, and Glaw, 2021, Spixiana, München, 44: 175–202, provided a molecular analysis that showed that the name Gephyromantis plicifer actually not to populations formerly associated with the name, but with a candidate species formerly referred to as Gephyromantis sp. Ca21, and that Gephyromantis sculpturatus is a synonym. Their data also required that Gephyromantis pedronoi be recognized for populations in southeastern Madagascar formerly associated with this species. 

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