Contributions to Zoology, 86 (1) – 2017R.G. Bina Perl; Sarig Gafny; Yoram Malka; Sharon Renan; Douglas C. Woodhams; Louise Rollins-Smith; James D. Pask; Molly C. Bletz; Eli Geffen; Miguel Vences: Natural history and conservation of the rediscovered Hula painted frog, Latonia nigriventer

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Appendix 2 - Morphological data on the holotype of Latonia nigriventer

The holotype specimen of L. nigriventer (described as Discoglossus nigriventer Mendelssohn & Steinitz, 1943) is preserved in the collection of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the collection number HUJ 236 (Fig. 13 A–B). It is a subadult specimen, possibly a female. We here provide some additional morphological data complementing those of Mendelssohn and Steinitz (1943). Upon examination in November 2011 (measurements by MV) it had a SVL of 39.9 mm. Webbing formula was 1(2), 2i(2), 2e(2), 3i(2.5), 3e(2.5), 4i(2.5), 4e (2.75), 5(2.25). In addition, we also examined a second historical specimen collected in 1955 (no type status; Fig. 13 C–D). This specimen, HUJ 544, has faint remains of keratinised excrescences on some fingers but no clear nuptial pads. It therefore is likely a female. SVL is 76.6 mm, webbing formula is 1(0.5), 2i(1.5), 2e(1.5), 3i(2), 3e(2), 4i(2.75), 4e(2.75), 5(2). Measurements of the two specimens (all in mm; type specimen measurements followed by those of the second specimen in parentheses) are as follows: head width 13.3 (24.4), head length 14.5 (ca. 26.5), tympanum diameter 2.3 (4.6), ED 4.0 (6.7), eye-nostril distance 3.7 (6.1), nostril-snout tip distance 3.0 (5.0), nostril-nostril distance 3.1 (4.7), HAL 9.4 (17.0), forelimb length 17.5 (not measured), hind limb length 52.5 (not measured), foot length including tarsus 25.5 (49.7), foot length 15.7 (not measured), tibia length 16.5 (34.5).


Fig. 13. Latonia nigriventer specimens preserved in the collection of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A) Subadult holotype (collection number HUJ 236) in dorsal view; B) HUJ 236 in ventral view; C) specimen collected in 1955 (collection number HUJ 544) in dorsal view; D) HUJ 544 in ventral view. Both individuals are assumed to be females.