Hemisus microscaphus Laurent, 1972

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hemisotidae > Genus: Hemisus > Species: Hemisus microscaphus

Hemisus microscaphus Laurent, 1972, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 194: 38. Holotype: MCZ 19396, by original designation. Type locality: "lake Zwai, Ethiopia".

English Names

Lake Zwai Shovelnose Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 51).

Ethiopian Shovelnose Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 104).


Marshy situations and in the vicinity of streams flowing through open grassland at altitudes of 2200-2700 m on the western plateau of Ethiopia, but descends to lower elevations in the moist tropical deciduous forests which clothe the southwestern slopes, down to about 1500 m near Abiu.


See Largen, 1997, Tropical Zool., 10: 271-285, for account and comparisons. Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 360-361, commented on distribution. See also account by Largen, 1997, Tropical Zool., 10: 271-285, in which he suggests a close relationship with Hemisus olivaceus. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 104-105. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 179–182, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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