Sclerophrys kerinyagae (Keith, 1968)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Sclerophrys > Species: Sclerophrys kerinyagae

Bufo kerinyagae Keith, 1968, Am. Mus. Novit., 2345: 4. Holotype: AMNH 75165, by original designation. Type locality: "On the Nanyuki-Isiolo road, 5 miles east-northeast of Nanyuki, at an elevation of 6400 feet on the north west slope of Mt. Kenya, Kenya".

Bufo kerinyagae kerinyagaeHulselmans, 1977, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 91: 404.

Bufo kerinyagae ethiopicae Hulselmans, 1977, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 91: 404. Holotype: BMNH 1969.122, by original designation. Type locality: "Debra Markos (Ethiopia), 2500 m".

Amietophrynus kerinyagaeFrost, 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: 363.

Sclerophrys kerinyagae  Ohler and Dubois, 2016, PeerJ, 4(e1553): 9.

English Names

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

Kerinyaga Toad (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 78).


Discontinuous in montane grassland and forest-edge of central Ethiopia on both sides of the Rift Valley, the Kenya Highlands, Mount Elgon in southeastern Uganda, and at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in northern Tanzania.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda


In the Bufo latifrons complex. See comment under Bufo asmarae. See Tandy, Bogart, Largen, and Feener, 1985, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 20: 214-233, for account. Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 314, noted that this species had been confused with Bufo asmarae. See Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 315, for comments on habitat and distribution and note that some of the paratypes are representatives of Bufo asmarae. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 78-79, provided an account for East Africa. See account (as Bufo kerinyagae), photograph, and map by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 81-82. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 10, provided a range map for Kenya, photograph, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 64–65, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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