Werneria preussi (Matschie, 1893)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Werneria > Species: Werneria preussi

Bufo preussi Matschie, 1893, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1893: 175. Syntypes: ZMB (originally 60 specimens), BMNH 1935.2.8.3 (presumably exchanged from ZMB), MCZ 10296 (exchanged from ZMB according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 232), according to Grandison, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 77. Type locality: "Buea, Kamerun, 950 m".

Atelopus africanus Werner, 1898, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 48: 201. Syntypes: ZMB, and including NHMW 20995, according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 13, and Häupl, Tiedemann, and Grillitsch, 1994, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 9: 17. Type locality: "Bismarkburg (Adeli, Togo)", in error according to  Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 311. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1899, Zool. Rec., 35: 27; Nieden, 1923, Das Tierreich, 46: 105; Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 311.

Stenoglossa fulva Andersson, 1903, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 53: 144. Holotype: NHMG, although not listed in current type list. Type locality: "Buca im Kamerungebirge in einem Regenbach" (= Cameroon range [Buea]). Synonymy by Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 155.

Werneria fulvaPoche, 1903, Zool. Anz., 26: 701.

Werneria preussiAmiet, 1976, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 90: 43; Grandison, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 187-215.

Werneria preussi preussiAmiet, 1982, Mem. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, A—Zool., 132: 29–42.

Werneria africanusSegniagbeto, Bowessidjaou, Dubois, and Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 24: 83. Conjectural combination. Gender disagreement.

English Names

Buea Smalltongue Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 46).


In creeks of the highlands (700-1200 m elevation) of west-central Togo (although not collected there in over 100 years and likely recorded in error) and southwestern Cameroon, West Africa.


Grandison, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 187-215, discussed characters and relationships of this species. See also accounts by Mertens, 1938, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 442: 10, and Amiet, 1972, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 11: 121-140. Sole member of the Bufo preussi group of Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 155. Record for Equatorial Guinea by De la Riva, 1994, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 8: 123-138. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 162–163, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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