Ptychadena levenorum Smith, Noonan, and Colston, 2017

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ptychadenidae > Genus: Ptychadena > Species: Ptychadena levenorum

Ptychadena levenorum Smith, Noonan, and Colston, 2017, R. Soc. Open Sci., 4(171389): 2. Holotype: Timoth J. Colston 219, by original designation. Type locality: "Katcha, Bale Mountains National Park, Ethiopia, 6.71645° N, 39.72484° E, 2326 m". urn:lsid:zoobank.org: act:C4217C69-9935-459D-B545-17525ED6E17F

English Names

None noted. 

Distribution

Northern and southern sides of the Sanetti Plateau (3015 to 3404 m elevation) of the Ethiopian Highlands, except for the population at the type locality (Katch) at 2410 m; westernmost population south of Dodala near Garamba, 3260 m elevation. 

Comment

In the Ptychadena neumanni species complex according to the original publication. Freilich, Tollis, and Boissinot, 2014, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 71: 157–169, presented molecular evidence for the existence of this species, which they referred to as species 3 of the Ptychadena neumanni species complex. Reyes-Velasco, Manthey, Bourgeois, Freilich, and Boissinot, 2018, PLoS One, 13(2: e0190440): 1–23, provided cautions on the methods employed to name this species. See Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, Freilich, Kassie, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys, 1016: 77–141, for detailed account, phylogenetic placement, morphometrics, advertisement call, habitat, and placement in their Ptychadena erlangeri group of the Ptychadena neumanni complex. 

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