Arthroleptis spinalis Boulenger, 1919

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Arthroleptinae > Genus: Arthroleptis > Species: Arthroleptis spinalis

Arthroleptis spinalis Boulenger, 1919, Rev. Zool. Afr., 7: 187. Holotype: MRAC, according to Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 20. Type locality: "la plaine Saint-Louis, au [Lake] Tanganyika", eastern Dem. Rep. Congo.

Arthroleptis boulengeri De Witte, 1921, Rev. Zool. Afr., 9: 12. Holotype: MRAC, by original designation. Type locality: "la plain Saint-Louis, au bord du lac Tanganyika", Dem. Rep. Congo. Secondary homonym of Phrynobatrachus boulengeri De Witte, 1918. Synonymy by Laurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Ser. Quarto, Sci. Zool., 1: 38.

Arthroleptis (Arthroleptulus) spinalisLaurent, 1941 "1940", Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 87.

Schoutedenella spinalisLaurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Ser. Quarto, Sci. Zool., 1: 38; Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 19.

Arthroleptis spinalisLaurent, 1957, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 56: 274–275, by implication; Frost, 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: 336.

English Names

Tanganyika Screeching Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 37).


Known only from the type locality (St. Louis Plain on the western shore of Lake Tanganyika, eastern Dem. Rep. Congo).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Endemic: Congo, Democratic Republic of the


Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 119, provided a map and brief account for Angola. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 396, regarded this nominal taxon as too insufficiently known to treat adequately their fieldguide.   

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