Tomopterna ahli (Deckert, 1938)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Tomopterna > Species: Tomopterna ahli

Arthroleptella ahli Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 168. Holotype: ZMB 15, by original designation, now lost, according to Channing and Becker, 2019, Zootaxa, 4688: 549, who designated SMF 10710 (now deposited in the NMN) neotype. Type locality: "Lichtenstein (Süd Afrika)"; corrected to "farm Lichtenstein, Namibia" by Channing and Becker, 2019, Zootaxa, 4688: 549. Neotype is from "Klein Windhoek, Namibia 22.5722°S, 17.1283°E". Formerly placed in the synonymy of Tomopterna cryptotis by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 97.

Tomopterna damarensis Dawood and Channing, 2002, Afr. J. Herpetol., 51: 130. Holotype: TMP 83913, by original designation. Type locality: "pools in a riverbed . . . . Khorixas, northern Namibia (20° 22′ S, 14° 58′ E)". Synonymy by Channing and Becker, 2019, Zootaxa, 4688: 549. 

English Names

Damaraland Sand Frog (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 436, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2017, Frogs S. Afr., Compl. Guide: 464, and : as Tomopterna damarensis).

Damara Sand Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 378, as Tomopterna damarensis).


Very southwestern Angola to western. southern, and northern Namibia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Namibia


See comment under Tomopterna. See account by Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 436-437. Dawood and Channing, 2002, Afr. J. Herpetol., 51: 129–134, reported on morphology, molecular markers, and advertisement call, as Tomopterna damarensis. See Ceríaco, de Sá, Bandeira, Valério, Stanley, Kuhn, Marques, Vindum, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2016, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 63: 15–61, for records of specimens (as Tomopterna damarensis) from Namibe Province, southwestern Angola. Heinicke, Ceríaco, Moore, Bauer, and Blackburn, 2017, Salamandra, 53: 461–465, reported on the distribution and phylogenetics of the species. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 154, provided a map for Angola and brief discussion of the literature. See Wilson and Channing, 2019, Zootaxa, 4609: 225–246, who provided a range map. Butler, Ceríaco, Marques, Bandeira, Júlio, Heinicke, and Bauer, 2019, Herpetol. Rev., 50: 225–240, reported on a collection from Huila Province, southwestern Angola. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 378–379, provided a brief account (as Tomopterna damarensis), photograph, and range map. Lobón-Rovira, Vaz Pinto, Becker, Tolley, Measey, Bennet, Boon, de Sá, and Conradie, 2022, Check List, 18: 289–321, reported the species from Iona National Park, southwestern Angola, and characterized its habitat.  

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