Nyctibates Boulenger, 1904

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Nyctibates
1 species

Nyctibates Boulenger, 1904, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 13: 261. Type species: Nyctibates corrugatus Boulenger, 1904, by monotypy.

English Names

Cat-eyed Frogs (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 236).    


Southeastern Nigeria, southern Cameroon, northern Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon, at low elevations.


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: 234. Placed in the synonymy of Astylosternus Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 376, but subsequently Amiet, 1971, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 6: 98, suggested that Nyctibates is valid, with tadpole morphology more similar to Leptodactylodon and Trichobatrachus than to Astylosternus. Later Amiet, 1973 "1972", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 12: 79-100, formalized the revalidation of Nyctibates, justifying it with larval morphology, adult morphology and vocalizations. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 123–125, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

Contained taxa (1 sp.):

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