Astylosternus rheophilus Amiet, 1978

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Astylosternus > Species: Astylosternus rheophilus

Astylosternus rheophilus rheophilus Amiet, 1978 "1977", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 23–24: 189. Holotype: MHNG 1562.74 (formerly JLA 70.282) according to Amiet, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 22. Type locality: "Bafut-Ngemba, 1800 m environ", Cameroon.

Astylosternus rheophilus tchabalensis Amiet, 1978 "1977", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 23–24: 197. Holotype: MHNG 152.75 (formerly JLA 70.459) according to Schätti, Perret, and Mariaux, 2002, Cat. Comm. Types Amph. Rept. Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve, Vers. 4.0 (Jan. 2002): 5. Type locality: "Tchabal Mbabo, env. 1700 m", Cameroon.

English Names

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

Stream Night Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 236). 


Western Cameroon at elevations of 1300-2450 m on Mount Manenguba, Mount Mbam, Santa Mount Bama, Mount Ngokham, the Bamboutos Mountains, and the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve; possibly to be found on the Mambile Plateau in eastern Nigeria. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon

Likely/Controversially Present: Nigeria

Endemic: Cameroon


In the Astylosternus rheophilus group of Amiet, 1978 "1977", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 23–24: 99-227. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 151. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 93–94, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Griesbaum, Hirschfeld, Barej, Schmitz, Rohrmoser, Dahmen, Mühlberger, Liedtke, Gonwouo, Doumbia, and Rödel, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 133–160, redescribed larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 236–237, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.    

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