Shakeup of Toad names

Shakeup of Toad names - Southern Africa : There is a big shake up in toad names just published. See http://www.ispotnature.org/dictionary_updates?page=5#comment-392865 This affects the genus Amietophrynus and all species will change to Sclerophrys, so all

There is a big shake up in toad names just published. See http://www.ispotnature.org/dictionary_updates?page=5#comment-392865

This affects the genus Amietophrynus and all species will change to Sclerophrys, so all the IDs will change. Species names stay the same (except end in ~a instead of ~us), with the exception of Amietophrynus rangeri, which is now Sclerophrys capensis.

Briefly, an old specimen has been unearthed and identified as Amietophrynus rangeri - the specimen was described in 1838 by Tschudi as Sclerophrys capensis. The authors allege that this requires that the older genus name must replace Amietophrynus according to the rule of priority. At least one website has already accepted the change: http://research.amnh.org/vz/herpetology/amphibia/Amphibia/Anura/Bufonidae/Sclerophrys

This will involve over 3754 observations needing the new names.

However, there may well be a rebuttal to this, so it is worthwhile just holding ten and seeing which way the wind will blow.

Please stay with the current names and do not use any of the new names in the genus Sclerophrys for now. We need to get the mood of the herp community before we make any changes on iSpot or to our dictionary.

I imagine a defence will be lodged to conserve Amietophrynus . At the two extremes we will get all the names changed versus perhaps only one: Amietophrynus rangeri to Amietophrynus capensis .

But it may take a few years to resolve this issue, and until then we will take a conservative (in terms of changes WE need to make) view.

reference: http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.1553

13 Jan 2016
Tony Rebelo