Afrixalus equatorialis (Laurent, 1941)

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

Megalixalus equatorialis Laurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 35: 122. Holotype: MRAC 36169, by original designation. Type locality: "Flandria (distr. Tshuapa)", Dem. Rep. Congo.

Megalixalus fornasinii equatorialisLaurent, 1946, Bull. Mus. R. Hist. Nat. Belg., 22: 1–16.

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

English Names

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


Lowland rainforests of southwestern Cameroon to north-central Dem. Rep. Congo; presumably in intervening Rep. Congo.


Sympatric with Afrixalus osorioi in central Dem. Rep. Congo, according to Schiøtz, 1982, Steenstrupia, 8: 261, and Laurent, 1982, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 235: 18. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 53–54, provided a brief account and map and suggested that Afrixalus equatorialis and Afrixalus nigeriensis might ultimately be found to be conspecific. Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 68–69, provided the record for Cameroon. Penner and Rödel, 2007, in Butynski and McCullough (eds.), RAP Bull. Biol. Assessment, 46: 37-41, provided a record for north-central Dem. Rep. Congo. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 53–92. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 89–92.

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