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Strongylopus merumontanus
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
 
Species Description: Poynton JC 2004 Af. J. Herpt. 53:29-34
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Tanzania, United Republic of

 

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From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Etymology

This species is named for the type locality, Mount Meru in Tanzania.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Distribution

This species is known only from Mount Meru in northern Tanzania.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
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Morphology

The following is from the original description by Lönnberg (1910):

Vomerine teeth in two transverse but somewhat oblique rows, beginning almost on a level with the front-edge of the choanae and with their inner ends, which are directed a little backwards, not reaching on a level with the middle of the choance. Greatest posterior breadth of head about equal to 3/4 of its length. Canthus rostralis indistinct. Snout rounded yery little projecting much longer than the orbit. Loreal region concave. Nostril about equally distant from eye and tip of snout. Interorbital space nearly twice as broad as upper eyelid. Tympanum distinct, its diameter about one half the diameter of the eye. Fingers pointed, long, second longer than first, fourth longer than second, third much the longest. Toes very long and slender, pointed, not webbed, the web being confined to the metatarsals. Distance from tarsal joint to tip of longest toe equal to the distance froni snout to vent. A rather small metatarsal tubercle. Length of tibia equal to 2/3 of the length of the foot from the tarsal joint, and about equal to the fore limb; tibia-tarsal articulation reaching far beyond the snout. Skin smooth. dark brownish grey aboye. A black band from nostril over eye and tympanum to forelimb; another irregular band from axilla to groin. Flanks grey, some dark spots across forearm and tibia. Under parts white almost unspotted but lips dark brown. One specimen from the Meru mountain; 3,000 m. above the sea, caught the 21st of Dec. 1905.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/