Strongylopus cf. fuelleborni (Nieden, 1911),

Conradie, Werner, Bittencourt-Silva, Gabriela B., Engelbrecht, Hanlie M., Loader, Simon P., Menegon, Michele, Nanvonamuquitxo, C, 2016, Exploration into the hidden world of Mozambique's sky island forests: new discoveries of reptiles and amphibians, Zoosystematics and Evolution 92 (2), pp. 163-180: 169

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Strongylopus cf. fuelleborni (Nieden, 1911)


Taxon classification Animalia Anura Pyxicephalidae

Strongylopus cf. fuelleborni (Nieden, 1911) 


Mt. Mabu ( PEM A11184, male, 35.5 mm SUL; PEM A1185, male, 36.3 mm SUL; PEM A11186, male, 35.3 mm SUL; PEM A11857, male, 37.3 mm SUL, PEM T691), Mt. Namuli ( PEM 11352, juvenile, 27.9 mm SUL; PEM A11353, female, 49.8 mm SUL; PEM A11357, female, 49.1 mm SUL; PEM A11358, female, 49.9 mm SUL; PEM A11359, female, 43.6 mm SUL).


Part of the Strongylopus faciatus  group that has seen two newly described species in recent years ( Channing and Davenport 2002, Clarke and Poynton 2005). Mercurio (2011) assign Strongylopus  from Mt. Mulanje to Strongylopus merumontanus  . While Poynton (2004) don’t list them from southern Malawi and rather refer to them as Strongylopus fuelleborni  . The phylogenetic affinities of our newly sampled population are unknown and additional work will be necessary to clarify its taxonomic status. For now, we assign them to Strongylopus fuelleborni  . Adult specimens and tadpoles were found along a high-elevation stream in a patch of Afromontane forest at Mt. Mabu (Fig. 3G). Specimens from Mt. Namuli were collected along marshy areas in montane grassland.