Sclerophrys capensis Tschudi, 1838

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Sclerophrys > Species: Sclerophrys capensis

Sclerophrys capensis Tschudi, 1838, Classif. Batr.: 85. Type(s): Not designated; MNHNP 0.742, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 15. Type locality: "Promontorium Bonae Spei" (= Cape of Good Hope), Western Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

Bufo regularis rangeri Hewitt, 1935, Rec. Albany Mus., 4: 285. Syntypes: AMG (2 specimens), by original designation; now in PEM. PEM A822 designated lectotype by  Conradie, Branch, and Watson, 2015, Zootaxa, 3936: 57, who commented on the type series. Type locality: "Gleniffer, near Kei Road, C[ape]. P[rovince].", Rep. South Africa.

Bufo rangeriPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 57.

Amietophrynus rangeriFrost, 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: 363.

Sclerophrys capensis — Ohler and Dubois, 2016, PeerJ, 4(e1553): 1. 

English Names

Raucous Toad (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 106; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 4; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 74; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 154).

Kei Road Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 43).

Ranger's Toad (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 15; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 93).


Throughout South Africa excluding the central Karoo region; along the Orange River into extreme southern Namibia; possibly to be found in extreme southeastern Botswana, extreme southern Zimbabwe, extreme southwestern Mozambique, and extreme southern Mozambique.


In the Bufo regularis group of Martin, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 61, and Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 159. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 93, Cunningham, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 77-80, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 519-521, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 154-155, provided an accounts  (as Bufo rangeri and Amietophrynus rangeri). Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 135–137, reported on comparative tadpole morphology (as Amietophrynus rangeri). Ohler and Dubois, 2016, PeerJ, 4(e1553): 1–13, redescribed the holotype and discussed the nomenclatural ramifications of its identification. 

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