Phrynomantis somalicus (Scortecci, 1941)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Phrynomerinae > Genus: Phrynomantis > Species: Phrynomantis somalicus

Fichteria somalica Scortecci, 1941, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 80: 177. Syntypes: 2 specimens, deposition not stated although presumably MSNM; remaining syntype is now MSNM Am 1326 according to Blackburn and Scali, 2014, Herpetol. Monogr., 28: 30, who discussed the material. Type locality: "Villaggio Duca degli Abruzzi (Somalia)"; given as Giohar, southern Somalia, by XXX.

Phrynomerus bifasciatus somalicus —Laurent In Gans, Laurent, and Pandit, 1965, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 134: 23.

English Names

Somali Snake-necked Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).

Somali rubber Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 110). 

Distribution

Southern Somalia and one specimen from north of Neghelli in southern Ethiopia, extending into northeastern Kenya (Coast Province).

Comment

Resurrected from the synonymy of Phrynomantis bifasciata by Lanza, 1990, Biogeographia, 14: 409, where it had been placed by Laurent in Gans, Laurent, and Pandit, 1965, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 134: 23. See Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 326-327-328, for comments on distribution. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 150-151. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 110–111, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Spawls and Taylor, 2020, Herpetol. Rev., 51: 534, provided a record from Kilifi County, Coast Province, Kenya. 

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