Arthroleptis francei Loveridge, 1953

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Arthroleptinae > Genus: Arthroleptis > Species: Arthroleptis francei

Arthroleptis adolfifriederici francei Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 387. Holotype: MCZ 27479, by original designation. Type locality: "from the forested banks of the Ruo River just below the Ruo Falls on Mlanje Mountain, about 5000 feet . . . . Nyasaland [Malawi]".

Abroscaphus adolfifriderici franceiLaurent, 1957, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 56: 274-275, by implication.

Arthroleptis franceiPoynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 26: 538-539.

English Names

Ruo River Screeching Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 37).

France's Squeaker (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 112; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 42).


Mount Mulanje and possibly Zomba Mountains, southern Malawi, 700-2500 m elevation; Namuli Mountain, 2900 m, northern Mozambique.


See account by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 43. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. Broadley, 2008, Afr. Herp News, 45: 15, reported the species from Namuli Mountain, 2900 m, in northern Mozambique. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 146. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 76-77, provided an account for Malawi.

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