Conraua beccarii (Boulenger, 1911)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Conrauidae > Genus: Conraua > Species: Conraua beccarii

Rana beccarii Boulenger, 1911, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 5: 160. Syntypes: MSNG (3 specimens), by original designation, including what is now BMNH 1947.2.28.63 (originally 1911.7.18.1) by BMNH museum records; MSNG 29434A designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 214. Type locality: "Filfil in a torrent on the Red Sea slope", Eritrea.

Paleorana beccariiScortecci, 1931, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 70: 17.

Rana Griaulei Angel, 1934, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 6: 344. Holotype: MNHNP 1933.21, by original designation. Type locality: "Gondar (Eshiopie [sic]) alt. 2. 200 mètres", Ethiopia. Synonymy by Lamotte and Perret, 1968, Bull. Inst. Fondam. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 30: 1636.

Rana (Ptychadena) griauleiGuibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 43.

Hydrobatrachus beccariiStadie, 1962, Zool. Anz., 169: 329.

Conraua beccariiMertens, 1963, Senckenb. Biol., 44: 175–176.

English Names

Filfil Slippery Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).

Beccari's Giant Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 159).


Fast-flowing river and streams at elevations of 800–2500 m in Eritrea and western Ethiopia, west of the Rift.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Eritrea, Ethiopia


Discussed by Scortecci, 1931, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 70: 5–17; and Mertens, 1952, Aquar. Terrar. Z., 2: 47–50 (as Rana beccarii). See Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 328–300, for comments on distribution. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia and Eritrea by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 158–159. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 346–347, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.  Blackburn, Nielsen, Barej, Doumbia, Hirschfeld, Kouamé, Lawson, Loader, Ofori-Boateng, Stanley, and Rödel, 2020, Zool. Scripta, 49: 684–696, discussed phylogenetic placement, cryptic diversity, and biogeography.  

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