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Trichobatrachus robustus Boulenger, 1900

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Trichobatrachus > Species: Trichobatrachus robustus

Trichobatrachus robustus Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 443. Syntypes: BMNH (2 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Benito River", elsewhere in the original publication suggested to be "Benito River, north of the Gaboon River between 20 and 30 miles inland from the coast, Gaboon", Equatorial Guinea.

Astylosternus robustusNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 319; Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 159.

English Names

Hairy Frog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 159; Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 130; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 38).

Distribution

Osomba Hills (southeastern Nigeria) to Mayombe Hills (Dem. Rep. Congo) and Gabon through western and southwestern Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea; presumably in Rep. Congo and Cabinda enclave, Angola. A population of a likely new species reported from the Serra do Uige in northern Angola (see comment). 

Comment

See brief account in Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 381-382. Gabon record by Lötters, Gossmann, Obame, and Böhme, 2001, Herpetofauna, Weinstadt, 23: 22. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 48-49, provided records for Nigeria. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 126–127, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Ernst, Nienguesso, Lautenschläger, Barej, Schmitz, and Hölting, 2014, Zootaxa, 3779: 297-300, reported a population (likely a new species) from the Serra do Pingano, Uíge province, northern Angola. 

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