Conraua goliath (Boulenger, 1906)

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

Rana goliath Boulenger, 1906, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 17: 317. Holotype: BMNH 1906.5.28.86 (reregistered 1947.2.1.84) according to museum records. Type locality: "Efulen", South Cameroon.

Gigantorana goliathNoble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 519.

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

Rana (Conraua) goliathParker, 1936, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1936: 138.

Conraua goliathLamotte, Perret, and Dzieduszycka, 1959, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 21: 762; Perret, 1960, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 83: 95.

English Names

Goliath Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 122; Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 350).  

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


Southwestern Cameroon (region of Nkongsamba) and south to Monte Alen in mainland Equatorial Guinea, below 1000 m elevation; possibly into Gabon.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea

Likely/Controversially Present: Gabon


See Perret, 1957, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 80: 195-202; and Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 335-336. De la Riva, 1994, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 8: 132, provided a record for Equatorial Guinea. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 478. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 262–263, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Nguiffo, Mpoame, and Wondji, MtDNA, Part A, 30: 657–663, reported on mtDNA diversity, noting substantial differentiation between Mungo and Nkam administrative divisions in Cameroon. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 350–351, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See brief account, range map, and photographs for Equatorial Guinea in Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 137–230.   

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