Mertensophryne nyikae (Loveridge, 1953)

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

Bufo taitanus nyikae Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 339. Holotype: MCZ 27180, by original designation. Type locality: "Nyika Plateau above Nchenachena, at 7500 feet, Nyasaland".

Bufo nyikaePoynton, 1997, Afr. J. Herpetol., 46: 98-102.

Mertensophryne nyikaeFrost, 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

Nyika Dwarf Toad (Stewart and Wilson, 1966, Ann. Natal Mus., 18: 298; Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 111; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 87).


Nyika Plateau of northern Malawi and adjacent northeastern Zambia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Malawi, Zambia


Removed from the synonymy of Bufo lonnbergi by Poynton, 1997, Afr. J. Herpetol., 46: 98-102, where it had been placed by Grandison, 1972, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 47: 30-48. In the Bufo taitanus complex of Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 156. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 87, also provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Bufo nyikae) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 189. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 129-129, provided an account for Malawi. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 88–89, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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