Poyntonophrynus hoeschi (Ahl, 1934)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Poyntonophrynus > Species: Poyntonophrynus hoeschi

Bufo hoeschi Ahl, 1934, Zool. Anz., 107: 335. Syntypes: ZMB (4 specimens), by original designation; Mertens, 1955, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 490: 26, listed ZMB 35128 as 'Typus' although this would be an invalid implied lectotype designation. Type locality: "Okahandja", Namibia.

Bufo jordani Parker, 1936, Novit. Zool., 40: 145. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.20.94 (formerly 1936.8.1.227), according to museum records. Type locality: "Satansplatz, circa 1,300 m.", Namibia. Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 466-471, discussed the features of this nominal species and near relatives and removed all obstacles to the synonymy of this nominal species with Bufo hoeschi although they did not formally do so. Synonymy by implication of Channing and Stuart, 1975, Brit. J. Herpetol., 5: 655–656.

Bufo vertebralis hoeschiPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 65; Channing and Van Dijk, 1976, Guide Frogs S.W. Afr.: 11.

Bufo vertebralis jordaniPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 66.

Bufo hoeschiMertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 13; Channing, 1991, Madoqua, Windhoek, 17: 227.

Poyntonophrynus hoeschiFrost, 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

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

Hoesch's Toad (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 77).


West and central Namibia in association with rock outcrops.


In the Bufo vertebralis group according to Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 65. Considered a synonym of Bufo dombensis (in their Bufo vertebralis complex) by Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 159, although they considered Bufo jordani to be in the Bufo taitanus complex. See also Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 13, for taxonomic comments. Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 466-471, and Channing and Vences, 1999, S. Afr. J. Zool., 34: 74-79, discussed the features of this nominal species and near relatives. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 777, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 166-167, provided accounts. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 151–152, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. See distribution map in Ceríaco, Marques, Bandeira, Agarwal, Stanley, Bauer, Heinicke, and Blackburn, 2018, ZooKeys, 780: 112. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 80–81, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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