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Hymenochirus Boulenger, 1896

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Genus: Hymenochirus
4 species

Hymenochirus Boulenger, 1896, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 6, 18: 420. Type species: Xenopus boettgeri Tornier, 1896, by monotypy.

English Names

Dwarf Clawed Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96).


Forested equatorial Africa from Nigeria and Cameroon south through Gabon and east throughout the Congo River Basin.


Sokol, 1977, J. Morphol., 154: 357, discussed intergeneric affinities. Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 304, provided a key to species. Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, and Green, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 119, considered Hymenochirus to be the sister taxon of remaining pipids. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, in their study of Genbank sequences, considered Hymenochirus to be the sister taxon of Silurana + XenopusChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 287–261, provided information on comparative larval morphology.

Contained taxa (4 sp.):

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