Phrynobatrachus liberiensis Barbour and Loveridge, 1927

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

Phrynobatrachus liberiensis Barbour and Loveridge, 1927, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 10: 14. Holotype: MCZ 11993, by original designation. Type locality: "Gbanga, Liberia".

English Names

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

Distribution

Upper Guinea forest zone of West Africa, in Sierra Leone, southern Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and southwestern Ghana, up to ca. 1000 m elevation; one record in southwestern Nigeria.

Comment

See account by Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 601-627. Rödel, 2003, Salamandra, 39: 99, reported the species in Ivory Coast. Rödel, Bangoura, and Böhme, 2004, Herpetozoa, Wien, 17: 99-119, provided records for Ghana and noted earlier records as well. Rödel and Branch, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 245-268, Rödel, 2003, Salamandra, 39: 91-110, provided records for Ivory Coast. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 628. Rödel, Boateng, Penner, and Hillers, 2009, Zootaxa, 1970: 52-62, mapped the range and provided the southwestern Nigeria record. Onadeko and Rödel, 2009, Salamandra, 45: 1-14, regarded the southwestern Nigeria record as based on a tentative identification. In species group C of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883-900, and suggested to be the sister taxon of Phrynobatrachus intermedius.

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