Mertensophryne uzunguensis (Loveridge, 1932)

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

Bufo taitanus uzunguensis Loveridge, 1932, Occas. Pap. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist., 8: 44. Holotype: MCZ 16383, by original designation. Type locality: "Kigogo, Uzungwe Mountains, southern Tanganyika Territory [Tanzania]".

Bufo uzunguensisGrandison, 1972, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 47: 35.

Mertensophryne uzunguensisFrost, 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

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

Udzungwa Toad (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 97).

Udzungwa Forest Toad (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 90).


Swampy grassland of southwestern Tanzania above 1800 m in the Udzungwa Mountains and the Southern Highlands.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Tanzania

Endemic: Tanzania


Grandison, 1972, Zool. Meded., Leiden, 47: 35, considered Bufo uzunguensis distinct from Bufo taitanus, although Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 156, considered Bufo uzunguensis a subspecies of Bufo taitanus. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 97-98, provided an account. Poynton, Menegon, and Salvidio, 2005, Afr. J. Herpetol., 54: 159-170, discussed the species and its systematic complexities. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Bufo uzunguensis) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 193. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 128–129, provided a brief account and photograph. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 90–91, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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