Xenopus petersii Bocage, 1895

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Xenopus > Species: Xenopus petersii

Xenopus petersii Bocage, 1895, Herpetol. Angola Congo: 187. Syntypes: MBL 3.473 (Quindumbo), 3.474-477 (Caconda), 3.476 (S. Salvador do Congo), 3.478 (Dombe), 3.479 (Quimbula), 3.481-483 (Huila), 3.485 (Cassange), 3.486-488 (Dondo) according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 16; all thought to have been destroyed by fire in 1978; however Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 271, reported ZMB 5831 as a surviving syntype exchanged from the MBL. Type localities: "St. Salvador", "Benguella", "Catumbella", Quibula", "Quindumbo", "Caconda", "Huila", "Ambaca", "Dombe", and "Cassange", "Chimboto", and "Gimboto", all in Angola.

Xenopus laevis petersiParker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Xenopus (Xenopus) petersiiKobel, Barandun, and Thiebaud, 1998, Herpetol. J., 8: 13.

Xenopus petersiiChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248.

English Names

Peters' Clawed Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 46).

Peters' Platanna (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 336).


Northern Namibia, through central and western Angola to western Dem. Rep. Congo, and western Rep. Congo, and likely to southern Gabon. 


Removed from the synonymy of Xenopus laevis by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248, where it had been placed by Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597 (although considered to be distinctive at the subspecies level by Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7). See comment under Xenopus laevis. Measey and Channing, 2003, Amphibia-Reptilia, 24: 321-330, provided molecular evidence for the distinctiveness of Xenopus petersii from Xenopus laevis. Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 336-337, provided an account. : , transferred the populations in Botswana/Zambia and Cameroon/Nigeria to Xenopus poweri.  In the Xenopus laevis group of Evans, Carter, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kelley, McLaughlin, Pauwels, Portik, Stanley, Tinsley, Tobias, and Blackburn, 2015, PLoS One, 10(12): e0142823: 29. 

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