Hyperolius spatzi Ahl, 1931

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Hyperolius > Species: Hyperolius spatzi

Hyperolius spatzi Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 406. Syntypes: ZMB (originally 26 specimens) unnumbered, according to the original publication, including MCZ 17646 (on exchange from ZMB), according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 131; ZMB 32602 designated lectotype by Rödel, Sandberger-Loua, Penner, Mané, and Hillers, 2010, Bonn Zool. Bull., 57: 185. Type locality: "Bakel-Kidira (oberes Senegalgebiet)". The description in Ahl, 1931, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 17: 123, appeared a few weeks later according to unpublished notes by A. Loveridge (fide R. Laurent).

English Names

None noted.


Senegal and Gambia; likely to be found in Guinea-Bissau and adjacent southern Mauritania.


Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, provided a record in Gambia, and noted that upon additional study they agreed with the earlier recognition of this species by Böhme, 1978, Bonn. Zool. Beitr., 29: 374, and not with Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 199, who considered it synonymous with Hyperolius nitidulus. Rödel, Sandberger-Loua, Penner, Mané, and Hillers, 2010, Bonn Zool. Bull., 57: 177-188, clarified the delimitation of the species, redescribed the species, and documented its distinctiveness from Hyperolius nitidulus. See general discussion of the Hyperolius viridiflavus–parallelus–marginatus group by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 206–228, and specifically (p. 206) of the form he treats as Spatzi.

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