Arthroleptides martiensseni Nieden, 1911 "1910"

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Petropedetidae > Genus: Arthroleptides > Species: Arthroleptides martiensseni

Arthroleptides martiensseni Nieden, 1911 "1910", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1910: 445. Holotype: ZMB. Type locality: "Stationsleiter Martienssen (Tanga) gesammelt, ohne genauen Fundort, wahrscheinlich aber ebenfalls aus Usambara stammend", Usambara Mountains, Tanzania.

Petropedetes martiensseniScott, 2005, Cladistics, 21: 533, by implication.

English Names

Tanzania Rocky River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).

Usambara Montane Torrent Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 111).

Martienssen's Torrent Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 260).

Usambara Torrent Frog (Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 468).


Rocky montane streams of East and West Usambaras (including the Magrotto Ridge), eastern Tanzania, 600–1800 m elevation.


See Klemens, 1998, Herpetol. J., 8: 35-40. Channing, Moyer, and Howell, 2002, Alytes, 20: 13-27, noted that this species had, prior to 2002, been confused with Artholeptides yakusini. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 260-263, provided an account (as Arthroleptides martiensseni). Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 293-295, also provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Arthroleptides martiensseni) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 468. Loader, Ceccarelli, Wilkinson, Menegon, Mariaux, de Sá, Howell, and Gower, 2013, Afr. J. Herpetol., 62:40-48, noted that the population previously noted from the Nguru Mountains is actually an unnamed species. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 267–268, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 230–231, provided a brief account and photograph. 

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