Afrixalus vittiger (Peters, 1876)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Afrixalus > Species: Afrixalus vittiger

Hyperolius vittiger Peters, 1876, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1876: 122. Holotype: ZMB 8669, by original designation. Type locality: "Liberia".

Megalixalus vittigerBoulenger, 1911, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 5: 169.

Afrixalus vittigerPerret, 1976, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 99: 22. Pickersgill, 2007, Afr. J. Herpetol., 56: 23.

English Names

Savannah Banana Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).

Spiny Reed Frog (Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 13).


West African savannas from Gambia and Senegal through southern Mali and Burkina Faso to the coast and east to western Nigeria and northern Cameroon.


Afrixalus vittger Peters, 1876, had been placed in synonym with Afrixalus fulvovittatus by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 1212, Loveridge, 1929, Bull. U.S. Natl. Mus., 151, and Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 439; and Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 59; recognized as distinct by by Perret, 1976, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 99: 22, and Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 232-238. See comments by Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 214, regarding distinctiveness of Afrixalus vittiger and Afrixalus fulvovittatus in Guinea. Wanger, 2005, Salamandra, 41: 27-33, provided Gambia records, as did Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16. Segniagbeto, Bowessidjaou, Dubois, and Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 24: 76, commented on the presence of this species in Togo. See comments by Rödel, Gil, Agyei, Leaché, Diaz, Fujita, and Ernst, 2005, Salamandra, 41: 117-118. Pickersgill, 2007, Afr. J. Herpetol., 56: 23-37, discussed and redelimited this species compared with Afrixalus fulvovittatus and relegated a number of names implicitly to Afrixalus "quadrivittatus" which he considered to be a conglomeration of cryptic or poorly understood species. Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 53-92, reported specimens from northern Cameroon as Afrixalus "vittiger". See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 102-105. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 194, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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