Odontobatrachus natator (Boulenger, 1905)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Odontobatrachidae > Genus: Odontobatrachus > Species: Odontobatrachus natator

English Names

Swimmer (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 163).

Sierra Leone Water Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).


High-gradient streams in the hilly forested parts of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea.  


Possibly distinct from other Petropedetes according to J. L. Amiet In Perret, 1984, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 107: 167. Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 210, provided brief comments about specimens from Guinea. See brief comments by Rödel, Bangoura, and Böhme, 2004, Herpetozoa, Wien, 17: 107, regarding range and natural history. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 627. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 268–269, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Barej, Penner, Schmitz, and Rödel, 2015, BMC Evol. Biol., 15(67): 1-16, provided molecular evidence that this nominal taxon is composed of at least 5 species of which 4 are unnamed. Barej, Schmitz, Penner, Doumbia, Sandberger-Loua, Hirschfeld, Brede, Emmrich, Kouamé, Hillers, Gonwouo, Nopper, Adeba, Bangoura, Gage, Anderson, and Rödel, 2015, Zoosyst. Evol., 91: 115–149, named these species and revised this species and restricted its range. Doumbia, Sandberger-Loua, Schulze, and Rödel, 2018, Alytes, 36: 63–92, described larval morphology. 

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