Laurentophryne Tihen, 1960

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Laurentophryne
1 species

Laurentophryne Tihen, 1960, Copeia, 1960: 226. Type species: Wolterstorffina parkeri Laurent, 1950, by original designation.

English Names

Parker’s Tree Toads (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 44).


Kivu, Dem. Rep. Congo.


Grandison, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 187-215, discussed the phylogenetic relationships of this genus and considered it close to Nectophryne. A renalaysis of these data by Graybeal and Cannatella, 1995, Herpetologica, 51: 105-131, suggested that Laurentophryne is in a polytomy with Didynamipus, Nimbaphrynoides, and Nectophryne. See also bufonid tree of Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297, which although they did not study Laurentophryne, placed these other genera so far apart phylogenetically as to leave the placement of Laurentophryne an open question. Smith and Chiszar, 2006, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 1: 6-8, implied that this taxon should be considered a subgenus of Bufo; see comment under Bufonidae. This taxon has not been included in any of the recent large-scale studies of bufonids and its relationships are therefore arguable.

Contained taxa (1 sp.):

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