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Morphology of the larynx of the banana frog Afrixalus fornasinii (Bianconi) (Anura)

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1. The larynx of A. fornasinii consists of the same skeletal and muscular elements as those of the examined European anurans, but differs in certain aspects of structure and arrangement of these elements. 2. There is a marked sexual dimorphism with respect to the size of the larynx in A. fornasinii. 3. With respect to structure and arrangement of the skeletal and muscular elements, A. fornasinii resembles the hylids Hyla a. arborea and H. meridionalis more closely than the ranids Rana esculenta, R. ridibunda and R. lessonae. This finding is inconsistent with the systematic position of the Hyperoliidae. 4. The major morphological similarities between the larynx of A. fornasinii and that of the Hylidae are not reflected in the bioacoustic features of the calls of the two groups.

Affiliations: 1: Zoologisches Institut der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Poppelsdorfer Schloss, D-5300 Bonn, Federal Republic of Germany


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