Astylosternus Werner, 1898

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Astylosternus
12 species

Astylosternus Werner, 1898, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 48: 200. Type species: Astylosternus diadematus Werner, 1898, by monotypy.

Gampsosteonyx Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 442. Type species: Gampsosteonyx batesi Boulenger, 1900, by monotypy. Synonymy by Parker, 1931, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 7: 495.

Dilobates Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 444. Type species: Dilobates platycephalus Boulenger, 1900, by monotypy. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1903, Mem. R. Soc. Esp. Hist. Nat., 1: 61-64.

English Names

Night Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 37).


Sierra Leone to Central African Republic and Mayombe Hills, Dem. Rep. Congo, with a gap in the region of Ghana.


In Astylosternini of 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. Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 376-379, provided brief accounts of the Cameroon species. Amiet, 1978 "1977", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 23–24: 99-227, reviewed the Cameroon species and defined species groups. Rödel, Barej, Hillers, Leaché, Kouamé, Ofori-Boateng, Assemian, Gonwouo, Nopper, Brede, Diaz, Fujita, Gil, Segniagbeto, Ernst, and Sandberger-Loua, 2012, Zootaxa, 3245: : 1-29, suggested that including West African species of Astylosternus into analysis (as was done in their Neighbor-Joining Tree) might demonstrate that Astylosternus is paraphyletic with respect to TrichobatrachusChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 89–94, reported on comparative tadpoloe morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 230–237, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species.

Contained taxa (12 sp.):

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