Boulengerula denhardti Nieden, 1912

Class: Amphibia > Order: Gymnophiona > Family: Herpelidae > Genus: Boulengerula > Species: Boulengerula denhardti

Boulengerula denhardti Nieden, 1912, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1912: 199. Holotype: ZMB 22350, according to Bauer, Good, and Günther, 1993, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 69: 286. Type locality: "Gebiet des Tanafluss im südlichen Britisch-Ostafrika", Kenya. Considered to be "the area around Witu", Kenya, by Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 52.

English Names

Denhardt's Caecilian (Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 52; Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 28).

Distribution

Known from the imprecise type locality (vicinity of the Tana River in southern Kenya) and near Lake Kenyatta in the Tana Delta, Kenya. 

Comment

See comment by Bauer, Good, and Günther, 1993, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 69: 286. Removed from the synonymy of Schistometopum gregorii by Wilkinson, Loader, Müller, and Gower, 2004, Mitt. Mus. Naturkd. Berlin, Zool., 80: 41-51, where it had been placed by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 371, 472-473. See comments in Gower, Papadopoulou, Doherty-Bone, Pupin, San Mauro, Loader, and Wilkinson, 2011, Zootaxa, 2767: 14-24, regarding its potential phylogenetic placement within the genus. Measey, Muchai, and Spawls, 2012, Afr. Zool., 47: 187-191, reported on a new locality for this species and commented on the range. Wilkinson, Malonza, Campbell, and Loader, 2017, Zootaxa, 4286: 525–534, noted that the second collection site reported by Measey et al., 2012, actually applies to a new species, Boulengerula spawlsi. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 52, provided a photograph, range map, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 28–29, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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