Cacosternum plimptoni Channing, Brun, Burger, Febvre, and Moyer, 2005

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Cacosternum > Species: Cacosternum plimptoni

Cacosternum plimptoni Channing, Brun, Burger, Febvre, and Moyer, 2005, Afr. J. Herpetol., 54: 140. Holotype: MHNG 2661.18, by original designation. Type locality: "Musabi Plain (02° 17′ 16″ S; 34° 28′ 16″ E; 1297 m), in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania".

English Names

Plimpton's Dainty Frog (original publication).


Oromia Region of Ethiopia; northern Tanzania and the highlands of Kenya.


Indistinguishable morphologically from Cacosternum boettgeri according to the original publication. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 263-264, noted a then-unnamed species, "Plimpton's Dainty Frog", and for which they provided an account. Zimkus, 2008, Herpetol. Rev., 39: 233, provided records for the Oromia region of Ethiopia and discussed briefly the taxonomic issues. See comments in Channing, Schmitz, Burger, and Kielgast, 2013, Zootaxa, 3701: 518-550, regarding systematics and biology, but did not mention the Ethiopian records, implying that they were unsure whether this population is conspecific with the more southerly ones. 

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