Afrixalus dorsalis (Peters, 1875)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Afrixalus > Species: Afrixalus dorsalis

Hyperolius dorsalis Peters, 1875, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1875: 206. Syntypes: Including ZMB 4488 according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 44. Type locality: "Boutry [mouth of River Butre, Ghana]" and "Victoria in einem Wassertümpel", Cameroon; restricted to "Boutry" by Mertens, 1938, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 442: 24.

Megalixalus dorsalisParker, 1931 "1930", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1930: 900; Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 439.

Afrixalus dorsalisGuibé, 1948, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 20: 500, by implication.

Afrixalus dorsalis dorsalisLaurent, 1951, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 24.

Afrixalus dorsalis regularis Laurent, 1951, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 25. Holotype: MNHNP 96.575, by original designation. Type locality: "Lambarené s/Ogoué, Gabon". Distinctiveness from Afrixalus dorsalis dorsalis rejected by Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 246.

Afrixalus dorsalis laciniosus Perret, 1960, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 61: 369. Holotype: MHNG 1035.39 according to Schätti, Perret, and Mariaux, 2002, Cat. Comm. Types Amph. Rept. Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve, Vers. 4.0 (Jan. 2002): 4. Type locality: "Douala, Cameroun".

English Names

Cameroon Banana Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 70).

Brown Banana Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65).

Striped Spiny Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 136).


Brushland habitats in eastern Sierra Leone through coastal Cameroon to extreme northern coastal Angola; apparently absent from Benin.


See accounts by Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 131, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 47–48, and Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 65–68. See comment under Afrixalus fulvovittautus. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 242–246, provided an account and discussed the three subspecies. See also account by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 136–137. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 382, reported this species from Gabon. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 51–54, provided records for Nigeria and discussed the taxon. Segniagbeto, Bowessidjaou, Dubois, and Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 24: 76, commented on the presence of this species in Togo. See account by Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 53–92. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 69-75. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 187, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 10, provided a record for southeastern Gabon and briefly discussed habitat and range. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 85, provided a map for Angola and a brief account, noting the so-far unaddressed taxonomic uncertainties surrounding the nominal species.    

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