Acanthixalus Laurent, 1944

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Acanthixalus
2 species

Acanthixalus Laurent, 1944, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 38: 111. Type species: Hyperolius spinosus Buchholz and Peters, 1875, by original designation. Named as a subgenus of Megalixalus.

AcanthixalusLaurent, 1950, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 64: 14. Laurent and Combaz, 1950, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 43: 276-277; Gorham, 1974, Checklist World Amph.: 154. Elevation to generic status.

English Names

African Wart Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65).


Rainforests of Ivory Coast, southeastern Nigeria and Cameroon to northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo, and from Cameroon south to extreme western Dem. Rep. Congo.


Drewes, 1984, Occas. Pap. California Acad. Sci., 139: 1-70, regarded Acanthixalus as more closely related to the Hyperoliinae (as the sister-taxon of Hyperolius) than to the Leptopelinae. See comment under Hyperoliidae. See comment under Arlequinus krebsi. See accounts by Perret, 1962 "1961", Rech. Études Cameroun., 1: 90-101; and Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 446-447. Transferred from the Leptopelinae by Channing, 1989, S. Afr. J. Zool., 24: 116. See accounts for the species in Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 42-46. Rödel and Branch, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 256, reported an undescribed species from Ivory Coast. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 182–184, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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