Probreviceps macrodactylus (Nieden, 1926)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Brevicipitidae > Genus: Probreviceps > Species: Probreviceps macrodactylus

Breviceps macrodactylus Nieden, 1926, Das Tierreich, 49: 6. Syntypes: ZMB 11362 (2 specimens), according to Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 185. Also including ZMB 11368 (2 specimens), according to Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 261, who provided a discussion of the nomenclatural history. Type locality: Usambara [Tanzania] (Ostafrika), according to the original description; Amani [ZMB 11362, Tanzania]; Buloa bei Tanga [ZMB 11368, Tanzania].

Breviceps usambaricus Barbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 251. Holotype: MCZ 13711, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 230, and Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 261). Type locality: "on the forest outskirts within a mile of the Research Institute, Amani, Usambara Mountains, Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]". Synonymy by Parker, 1934, Monogr. Frogs Fam. Microhylidae: 184.

Probreviceps macrodactylus macrodactylusParker, 1931, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 8: 263.

English Names

Usambara Big-fingered Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 92).

Large-fingered Forest Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 124). 


East Usambara and Nguru Mountains, eastern Tanzania, 900–2100 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Tanzania

Endemic: Tanzania


Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 231-232, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 58, provided accounts. 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: 458. Menegon, Doggart, and Owen, 2008, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 3: 107-127, provided a record for the Nguru Mountains of eastern Tanzania and suggested that previous records from the North Pare mountains was based on misidentifications. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 94–95, provided a brief account. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 124–125, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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