Phrynobatrachus latifrons Ahl, 1924

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Phrynobatrachidae > Genus: Phrynobatrachus > Species: Phrynobatrachus latifrons

Phrynobatrachus latifrons Ahl, 1924, Zool. Anz., 60: 272. Syntypes: ZMB (13 specimens), MCZ 17536 (on exchange from ZMB, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 169). Type locality: "Dodo, [Gaoua,] Kamerun", North Cameroon.

Phrynobatrachus latifrons latifronsAhl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 273.

Phrynobatrachus latifrons togoensis Ahl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 273. Syntypes: ZMB (16 specimens), MCZ 17537 (on exchange from ZMB, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 169). Type localities: "Kete, Kratschi", "Sokode", and "Togo, Hinterland". Status rejected by Loveridge, 1938, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 17: 49-74.

Hylarthroleptis accraensis Ahl, 1925 "1923", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1923: 98. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered in the original publication. Type locality: "Accra", Ghana. Synonymy by Rödel and Agyei, 2003, Salamandra, 39: : 216.

Hylarthroleptis albolabris Ahl, 1925 "1923", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1923: 99. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered in the original publication. Type locality: "Accra", Ghana. Synonymy (most recent) by Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 139 (who summarized the literature).

Phrynobatrachus albolabrisDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 157. Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 364.

Phrynobatrachus accraensisDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 130, 158. Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 612.

Phrynobatrachus parogoensis Loveridge, 1955, Rev. Suisse Zool., 62: 147. Holotype: MHNG 1056.98 according to Schätti, Perret, and Mariaux, 2002, Cat. Comm. Types Amph. Rept. Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve, Vers. 4.0 (Jan. 2002): 17. Type locality: "a banana plantation at Ndzida near coast, Ivory Coast". Synonymy with Phrynobatrachus accraensis by Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 612.

English Names

Ahl's River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Accra River Frog (Phrynobatrachus accraensis [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

White-lipped River Frog (Hylarthroleptis albolabris [no longer recognized]; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Distribution

West Africa from Senegal to northern Cameroon.

Comment

Considered a synonym of Phrynobatrachus accraensis by Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 601-627, but recognized as distinct by Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 45; and Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 363-364. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 153-160, provided an account and noted confusion in the literature, especially with Phrynobatrachus accraensis and Phrynobatrachus francisci. Subsequently regarded as conspecific by Rodel and Agyei, XXX. See Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, for a summary of the taxonomic literature and discussion of the relative priority of the names accraensis and latifrons. Barnett, Emms, and Santoni, 2001, Herpetol. Bull., London, 77: 8, reported this species as from Gambia. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 96, suggested that this species will be found in southern Mauritania. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 45, provided records for Nigeria. See account (as Phrynobatrachus accraensis) by Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 601-627. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 132, noted that this species (as Phrynobatrachus accraensis) had been mistakenly recorded by Joger and Lambert, 1996, J. Afr. Zool., 110: 21-51, for Mali on the basis of specimens close to Phrynobatrachus latifrons. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 96, suggested that this species (as Phrynobatrachus accraensis) will be found in southern Mauritania. Nago, Grell, Sinsin, and Rödel, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 93-108, provided a record (as Phrynobatrachus accraensis)or Benin. See comment under Phrynobatrachus albolabris. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, provided a record (as Phrynobatrachus accraensis) for Gambia. Phrynobatrachus albolabris was ecognized as distinct by Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 364. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 43-45, provided records for Nigeria and suggested that Phrynobatrachus accraensis might be a synonym. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. In species group C of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883-900. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 277–278, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

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