Saturday, January 3, 2015

[Herpetology • 2014] Taxonomic Status and Redescription of Flectonotus ulei (Anura: Hemiphractidae), with A Key for the Species of Fritziana



ABSTRACT

Based on preserved specimens from the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Flectonotus ulei Miranda-Ribeiro, 1926 is resurrected from its synonymy with Flectonotus fissilis (Miranda-Ribeiro, 1920) and is redescribed. Analysis of osteological characters and brood pouch structure confirms that F. ulei belongs to Fritziana. The species is small for the genus (snout-vent length in males, 19.2-26.9 mm, n = 2; in females, 20.3-21 mm, n = 4) and was found in bromeliads. Flectonotus ulei is characterized by dorsal pattern consisting of interorbital pentagon or hexagon-shaped mark delimited by heavy dark line, diameter of tympanum smaller than that of disc of third digit, and a brood pouch covering the eggs dorsally except for a narrow longitudinal slit; eggs arranged in rosette.

Keywords: Amphibia; Atlantic Rain Forest; Bromeliad breeder; Hemiphractidae; Southeastern Brazil; taxonomy.


Manuella Folly, Fabio Hepp, Sergio P. Carvalho-e-Silva and William E. Duellman. 2014. Taxonomic Status and Redescription of Flectonotus ulei (Anura: Hemiphractidae), with A Key for the Species of FritzianaZoologia (Curitiba) 31(4); 393–399.
DOI: 10.1590/S1984-46702014000400011 scielo.br/pdf/zool/v31n4/11.pdf

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