Schistometopum ephele Taylor, 1965

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Dermophiidae > Genus: Schistometopum > Species: Schistometopum ephele

Schistometopum ephele Taylor, 1965, Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull., 46: 295. Holotype: MSNG 8773, by original designation. Type locality: "Agua Ize (400-700 M.), Ilha São Thomé, Gulf of Guinea". 

English Names

Aqua Ize Caecilian (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 24).

Distribution

Southern half of São Thome I. and adjacent Rolas I., São Thome and Principe. 

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Schistometopum thomense by O'Connell, Prates, Scheinberg, Mulder, and Bell, 2021, Mol. Ecol., 30: 2859–2871, noting a hybrid zone with Schistometopum ephele in the central part of the island; the synonymy had been made by Haft, 1992, Bonn. Zool. Beitr., 43: 478, Nussbaum and Pfrender, 1998, Misc. Publ. Mus. Zool. Univ. Michigan, 187: 26, and Drewes and Stoelting, 2004, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 55: 573. Bell, Ceríaco, Scheinberg, and Drewes, 2022, in Ceríaco et al. (eds.), Biodiversity Gulf Guinea Islands: 485–490, summarized the literature and systematics of the species. Bell, Ceríaco, Scheinberg, and Drewes, 2022, in Ceríaco et al. (eds.), Biodiversity Gulf Guinea Islands: 485–490, summarized the literature and systematics of the species.

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