Afrixalus clarkei Largen, 1974

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Afrixalus > Species: Afrixalus clarkei

Afrixalus clarkei Largen, 1974, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 5: 116. Holotype: BMNH 1973.2852, by original designation. Type locality: "West of Bonga, Kaffa Province, 1800 m. a.s.l. (07° 14′ N—35° 58′ E)", Ethiopia.

Afrixalus clarkeorumLargen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 356. Unjustified emendation by implication of Dubois, 2007, Zootaxa, 1550: 49–68.

English Names

Clarke's Banana Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 65).

Clarke's Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 160).


Known only from elevations of 820–2030 m in tropical deciduous forest in southwestern Ethiopia in the vicinity of Chira, Jimma, Bonga, and Bodare.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 356, commented on distribution. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Afrixalus clarkeorum) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 280. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 107–108. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 71–72, provided a brief account and map. Mertens, Jocqué, Geeraert, and De Beenhouwer, 2016, ZooKeys, 565: 141–146, discussed and mapped the range, including new localities. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 160–161, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kassie Teme, Bekele Simegn, and Afework Bogale, 2022, Global Ecol. Conserv., 38 (e02211): 1–12, reported the species from Keffa Zone, southwestern Ethiopia, and discussed habitat.

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