Tomopterna branchi Wilson and Channing, 2019

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

Tomopterna branchi Wilson and Channing, 2019, Zootaxa, 4609: 232. Holotype: ZMB 87233, by original designation. Type locality: "in the dry bed of the Buffels River where it is crossed by the N7 highway, Namaqualand, South Africa, . . . (WGS84: 29.67791°S, 17.05214°E)." Zoobank publicaton registration: BE4E293B-FFF3-445B-A5BB-3625BF8E01ED

English Names

Namaqua Sand Frog (original publication). 


Known only from the Buffels River drainage of Namaqualand, South Africa, but may be more widely distributed; this area includes the Namaqualand Hardeveld vegetation units of the Succulent Karoo Biome. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: South Africa

Endemic: South Africa


Differs from other Tomopterna species by DNA sequenes, adult and larval morphology, but otherwise most similar to Tomopterna cryptotis with which it has previously been confused according to the original publication. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 380–381, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map, as Tomopterna sp. 'Namaqua'. 

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