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pdf 05. The identity of the Chilean frog Alsodes laevis (Philippi 1902) (Cycloramphidae): Synonymy and generic partitioning of the type series


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pp. 145-152
Authors: Cuevas, C.C.

Abstract:  Alsodes laevis was described by Philippi (1902) as Telmatobius laevis based on two specimens deposited in the National Museum of Natural History of Chile by Lataste in 1887, and became later emended by Lynch (1978) as A. laevis. After its initial description, no further specimens were collected and attributed to A. laevis; the site of collection of these specimens remained so far elusive due to labelling problems. Based on new historical material and more detailed insights about their origin I argue that the type material of A. laevis comprises two different taxa. I thus propose a synonymy, and a generic partitioning for the taxon. Firstly, I describe the revalidation of T. laevis based on one type specimen, representing the southernmost Telmatobius species of Chile. I also argue that the other type specimen is a member of A. nodosus, which is known to exist in the more refined area of origin of the original specimens, the pre-Andean mountains of Santiago Province, Chile.


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