Microbatrachella capensis (Boulenger, 1910)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Microbatrachella > Species: Microbatrachella capensis

Phrynobatrachus capensis Boulenger, 1910, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 5: 528-529, 538. Holotype: SAM; lost according to Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 145. Type locality: "Cape Colony: Cape Division .... Cape Flats", Western Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

Microbatrachus capensisHewitt, 1926, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 20: 420.

Microbatrachella capensisHewitt, 1926, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 20: corrigendum insert following page 450.

English Names

Micro Frog (Rose, 1950, Rep. Amph. S. Afr.: 71; Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 163; Rose, 1962, Rep. Amph. S. Afr., Ed. 2: 74; Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 166; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 178; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 386).

Cape Flats Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Cape Micro Frogs (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 374).

Distribution

Coastal lowlands from Cape Town east to the Agulhas Plain, Western Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

Comment

De Villiers, 1988, in Branch (ed.), South Afr. Red Data Book, Amph. Rept.: 29-31, noted that this species may be extirpated, although in his account, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 298-299, noted a number of relict populations where the frog may be abundant. See accounts by De Villiers, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 241-244, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 386-387. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 469, who noted its widespread extirpation. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 338–339, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 374–375, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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