Vandijkophrynus amatolicus (Hewitt, 1925)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Bufonidae > Genus: Vandijkophrynus > Species: Vandijkophrynus amatolicus

Bufo augusticeps amatolica Hewitt, 1925, Rec. Albany Mus., 3: 360. (Incorrect subsequent spelling of the species name.) Syntypes: 13 specimens, including AMG 4044, 4922, and one in the KM according to  Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 44; AMG specimens now in PEM. PEM A833 (formerly AMG 4044) designated lectotype by Conradie, Branch, and Watson, 2015, Zootaxa, 3936: 53. Type locality: "Amatola Range, near Hogsback, . . . . on the summit of the range at about 5,500 feet", Eastern Cape Province, Rep. South Africa.

Bufo amatolicaHewitt, 1926, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 20: 487; Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 44.

Bufo amatolicus — Grandison, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 34.

Vandijkophrynus amatolicusFrost, 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: 366.

English Names

Amatola Toad (Hewitt, 1937, Guide Vert. Fauna E. Cape Province, Rept. Amph. Fishes: 89; Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 111; Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 15; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 3; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 62; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 40; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 61; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 174).


Moist upland grasslands in the Winterberg–Amatola Escarpment, Eastern Cape Province, Rep. South Africa, 1400–1800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: South Africa

Endemic: South Africa


See accounts by Boycott, 1988, in Branch (ed.), South Afr. Red Data Book, Amph. Rept.: 111–112, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 61. See accounta by Boycott, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 56–58, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 174–175. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Bufo amatolicus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 178. Tarrant and Cunningham, 2011, Afr. Herp News, 55: 1–6, reported on the rediscovery and conservation status of this frog. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 155, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 76–77, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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