Thursday, February 16, 2017

[Herpetology • 2017] Taxonomy of the Capensibufo rosei Group (Anura: Bufonidae) from South Africa


Landdroskop Mountain Toadlet  | Capensibufo magistratus 
  Channing, Measey, de Villiers, Turner & Tolley, 2017 

Abstract 

A molecular and morphological study of the Mountain Toadlets, previously included in Capensibufo rosei, showed that there are several previously unrecognised species in this group. We describe three new species from the Hawekwas, Hottentots-Holland, Groenland and Riviersonderend Mountains; the DuToitskloof Mountains, and the Akkedis, Koeël and Kleinriviers Mountains, South Africa. Capensibufo rosei is restricted to the Table Mountain chain of the Cape Peninsula.

Keywords: Amphibia, Capensibufo rosei, new species, South Africa


Capensibufo deceptus sp. nov. 
Deception Peak Mountain Toadlet

Etymology. This species is named for the type locality, below Deception Peak, DuToits Mountains, South Africa. The specific epithet is Latin for 'deceive'.


Capensibufo selenophos sp. nov. 
Moonlight Mountain Toadlet

Etymology. The specific epithet derives from the Greek selenóphos (moonlight), in reference to the type locality Maanskyn Nature Reserve (Afrikaans maanskyn = moonlight). It is used as a noun in apposition.



Capensibufo magistratus sp. nov.
Landdroskop Mountain Toadlet

Etymology. The specific epithet derives from the Latin magister (magistrate), referring to the type locality, Landdroskop. The Afrikaans Landdroskop = Magistrates Peak. It is used as a noun in apposition. 
  

A. Channing, G.J. Measey, A.L. de Villiers, A.A. Turner and, K.A. Tolley. 2017. Taxonomy of the Capensibufo rosei Group (Anura: Bufonidae) from South Africa. 
 Zootaxa. 4232(2); 282–292. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4232.2.11


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