Sclerophrys urunguensis (Loveridge, 1932)

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

Bufo urunguensis Loveridge, 1932, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 72: 383. Holotype: MCZ 16376, by original designation. Type locality: "the remnant of rain forest at Kitungulu, Urungu, [Namanyere District,] Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]".

Amietophrynus urunguensisFrost, 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 urunguensis — Ohler and Dubois, 2016, PeerJ, 4(e1553): 10.

English Names

Urungu Toad (Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 110; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 43; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 97).


Tanzania and Zambia border area near southeastern corner of Lake Tanganyika.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Tanzania, Zambia


In the Bufo gracilipes group of Tandy and Keith, 1972, in Blair (ed.), Evol. Genus Bufo: 158. See Poynton and Broadley, 1988, Ann. Natal Mus., 29: 477-478, for short account. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 97, and Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 96-97, provided accounts. M. Cunningham (personal commun.), suggests that this species actually belongs in Poytonophrynus on the basis of it having paired subarticular tubercles, a small distinct tympanum, and lacking a tarsal fold. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 72–73, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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