Mertensophryne melanopleura (Schmidt and Inger, 1959)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Mertensophryne > Species: Mertensophryne melanopleura

Bufo melanopleura Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 23. Holotype: IRSNB 1.265 (formerly Inst. Parc. Nat. Congo Belge 807) according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 7. Type locality: "Kankunde, Parc National de lUpemba, Belgian Congo [= Dem. Rep. Congo], . . . at an elevation of 1,300 m."

Mertensophryne melanopleuraFrost, 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: 365.

English Names

Kankunde Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 42).

Dark-sided Toad (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 86).


Eastern Angola through northern Zambia to southern Dem. Rep. Congo.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Zambia


Considered to be in the Bufo taitanus complex by Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 156; without discussion. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 86, provided an account (as Bufo melanopleura). Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 66, provided a map for Angola and discussed the literature. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 88–89, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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