Mertensophryne nairobiensis (Loveridge, 1932)

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

Bufo lönnbergi nairobiensis Loveridge, 1932, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 8: 48. Holotype: MCZ 3237, by original designation. Type locality: "Nairobi, Kenya Colony [= Kenya]".

Mertensophryne lonnbergi nairobiensisFrost, 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, by implication.

Bufo nairobiensisChanning and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 82.

English Names

Nairobi Toad (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 87).


Wooded savanna at mid-altitudes in Kenya.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Kenya

Endemic: Kenya


By implication, in the Bufo lonnbergi group of Martin, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 62, or the Bufo taitanus complex of Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 156. See Grandison, 1972, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 47: 31-35, for synonymy and review. Poynton, 1997, Afr. J. Herpetol., 46: 98-102, implied that Bufo lonnbergi nairobiensis might be a distinct species from Bufo lonnbergi although its status of a subspecies was rejected by Grandison, 1972, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 47: 34. Recognition as a species was subsequently formalized by Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 82-83, who provided an account. See Bufo mocquardi and Bufo nyikaeChanning and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 396, regarded this nominal taxon as too insufficiently known to treat adequately in their fieldguide, a likely synonym of Mertensophryne lonnbergi

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