Afrixalus crotalus Pickersgill, 1984

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

Afrixalus crotalus Pickersgill, 1984, Durban Mus. Novit., 13: 209. Holotype: NMZB (formerly UM) 16815, by original designation. Type locality: "Ngorima Reserve, Chimanimani District, Zimbabwe". 

Afrixalus aureus crotalusPickersgill, 2005, Steenstrupia, 29: 22.

English Names

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

Snoring Spiny Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 133).


Savannas of eastern Zimbabwe, central and central Mozambique, and southern Malawi lowlands

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe


Afrixalus crotalus was considered an allopatric subspecies of Afrixalus aureus by Pickersgill, 2005, Steenstrupia, 29: 22. This was not accepted by Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 224–225, who retained it as a distinct species and provided an account. See also accounts by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 77–78, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 133–134. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 145, provided an account for Malawi. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 164–165, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.   

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