Altiphrynoides Dubois, 1987

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Altiphrynoides
2 species

Altiphrynoides Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 27. Type species: Nectophrynoides malcolmi Grandison, 1978, by original designation.

Spinophrynoides Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 26. Type species: Bufo osgoodi Loveridge, 1932, by original designation. Synonymy by Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 213, acting as First Revisor.

English Names

Ethiopia Toads (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 38).

Ethiopian Toads (Spinophrynoides [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 45).


Mountains of south-central Ethiopia (Arussi, Balé, and Sidamo provinces).


See comments under Nectophrynoides and Bufonidae. Smith and Chiszar, 2006, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 1: 6-8, implied that this taxon should be considered a subgenus of Bufo; see comment under Bufonidae. Van Bocxlaer, Biju, Loader, and Bossuyt, 2009, BMC Evol. Biol., 9 (e131): 1-10, and Van Bocxlaer, Loader, Roelants, Biju, Menegon, and Bossuyt, 2010, Science, 327: 679-682, did not address this genus (nor has it ever been included in any large-scale analysis), but is presumed to be closely related to Nectophrynoides. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, recognized Spinophrynoides without comment, although this may just be an artifact of their embracing a nonmonophyletic and out-dated taxonomy.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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