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Sexual size dimorphism in anurans

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Herein I synonymize the ranid frog Platymantis rhipiphalcusfrom New Britain, with Platymantis boulengerifrom the same island. The four mensural characters originally used to separate these frogs covary continuously with body size, and sex is highly correlated with body size, with females much larger than males. Consequently, no features other than size separate these presumptive species, and specimens described as P.

The physical mechanics of reproduction in a species exhibiting such extreme size dimorphism are unknown but will certainly merit future investigation. If you have a BioOne account, or have purchased access to this article, log in below.

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Platymantis rhipiphalcus Is a Junior Synonym of Platymantis boulengeri.

Journal of Herpetology Dec Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles Accepted: Abstract Herein I synonymize the ranid frog Platymantis rhipiphalcusfrom New Britain, with Platymantis boulengerifrom the same island.

Literature Cited Boettger, O. Morphometrics in Evolutionary Biology: A new morphologically cryptic species of forest frog genus Platymantis from new Britain Island, Bismarck Archipelago. New species of Platymantis Amphibia; Anura: Ranidae from New Britain and redescription of the poorly known Platymantis nexipus.

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