Mertensophryne micranotis (Loveridge, 1925)

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

Bufo micranotis Loveridge, 1925, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1925: 770. Holotype: MCZ 10333, by original designation. Type locality: "Kilosa, Morogoro District, Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]".

Bufo micranotis micranotisLoveridge, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 387.

Bufo micranotis rondoensis Loveridge, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 387. Holotype: MCZ 25090, by original designation. Type locality: "Nchingidi, 3000 feet, Rondo Plateau, Lindi Province, southeastern Tanganyika Territory". Subspecies distinction from Bufo micranotis micranotis rejected by Poynton, 1991, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 152: 461.

Mertensophryne micranotis micranotisTihen, 1960, Copeia, 1960: 226. Tentative placement.

Mertensophryne micranotis rondoensisTihen, 1960, Copeia, 1960: 226.

Mertensophryne micranotisFrost, 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

Loveridges Snouted Toad (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 44).

Woodland Toad (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 102).


Southeastern coastal Kenya and eastern Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Songo Songo islands), below 800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Kenya, Tanzania


As Bufo micronotis, placed in the Bufo taitanus complex of Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 156. See Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 102-103, for account. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 147, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 122–123, provided a brief account and photograph. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 13, provided a range map for Kenya, photograph, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 88–89, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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