Hymenochirus feae Boulenger, 1906

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Hymenochirus > Species: Hymenochirus feae

Hymenochirus feae Boulenger, 1906 "1905", Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 2: 158. Type(s): Not stated but according to museum records BMNH 1947.2.24.81-82 (formerly 1906.3.30.172-173) and MSNG 29941 (4 specimens) are syntypes; MSNG 29941A designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 210. Type locality: "Fernand-Vaz, French Congo [= Gabon]".

Hymenochirus boettgeri feaePerret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 554.

Hymenochirus feaePerret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 305.

English Names

Gaboon Dwarf Clawed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96).

Distribution

Gabon and adjacent western Rep. Congo, and Dem. Rep. Congo; similar specimens reported for Luki, northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo, suggesting its eventual discovery in the Cabinda enclave of Angola, and Rep. Congo. See comment. 

Comment

Perret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 554, regarded Hymenochirus feae as a subspecies of Hymenochirus boettgeri, but Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 305, recognized Hymenochirus feae as a distinct species. Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011, Clé de détermination, Amph. Afri. Centr. Angola: 1–232, provided a key for identification. Nagy, Kusamba, Collet, and Gvoždík, 2013, Herpetol. Notes, 6:  413–419, provided a record (as Hymenochirus sp. aff. feae) from Bas-Congo, southwestern Dem. Rep. Congo. Deichmann, Mulcahy, Vanthomme, Tobi, Wynn, Zimkus, and McDiarmid, 2017, PLoS One, 12 (11: e0187283): 21, provided molecular evidence for a likely unnamed lineage in Rep. Congo. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 256, discussed the possible range in Angola. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 34, summarized the literature for Gabon and noted that specimens away from the type locality may not be of this species. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 40–41, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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