Hymenochirus boettgeri (Tornier, 1896)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Hymenochirus > Species: Hymenochirus boettgeri

Xenopus boettgeri Tornier, 1896, in Möbius (ed.), Deutsch Ost-Afr., 3: 163. Holotype: ZMB 11521 according to Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 270. Type locality: "Ituri-Fähre bei Wandesoma", Dem. Rep. Congo.

Hymenochirus boettgeriBoulenger, 1896, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 18: 420.

Hymenochirus boettgeri boettgeriPerret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 552.

Hymenochirus boettgeri camerunensis Perret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 552. Holotype: SMF 52300, by original designation. Type locality: "Foulassi", 6 km northwest of Sangmelima, Cameroon.

English Names

Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96).


Nigeria and Cameroon and through the Zaire Basin to eastern Dem. Rep. Congo.


Perret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 552, distinguished the subspecies Hymenochirus boettgeri boettgeri and Hymenochirus boettgeri camerunensis, closely related to Hymenochirus feae. See also account in Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 305-308. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 286–287, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011, Clé de détermination, Amph. Afri. Centr. Angola: 1–232, provided a key for identification. Mezzasalma, Glaw, Odierna, Petraccioli, and Guarino, 2015, Zool. Anz., 258: 47–53, reported on the karyology of Pseudhymenochirus merlini and Hymenochirus boettgeri as part of a general discussion of karyological evolution in the family. 

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