Afrixalus laevis (Ahl, 1930)

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

Megalixalus laevis Ahl, 1930, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1930: 93. Holotype: ZMB, by original designation, although Tillack, de Ruiter, and Rödel, 2021, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 97: 442, noted that the holotype is unlocated in the ZMB. Type locality: "Kamerun". Possibly from “Albrechtshöhe, Kamerun” according to Tillack, de Ruiter, and Rödel, 2021, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 97: 442.

Afrixalus laevisGuibé, 1948, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 20: 500, by implication; Laurent, 1950, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 64: 24; Perret, 1960, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 61: 372.

Afrixalus (Laurentixalus) laevisAmiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 111.

English Names

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

Smooth Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 137).


Rainforests of southern Cameroon (and likely extreme western Nigeria) through northern Gabon to eastern Dem. Rep. Congo and southwestern Uganda; Bioko I., Equatorial Guinea, where it will presumably to be found on the mainland; possibly extending into extreme southeastern Nigeria, southwestern Central African Republic, intervening Rep. Congo, and Rwanda and Burundi.


See comment under Afrixalus vibekensisSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 56, provided a brief account and map. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 137–138, provided an account for that region. Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 82–84, provided an account for Cameroon and suggested this species to be close to Afrixalus fulvovittatus. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 111–117. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 189–190, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 21, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 55). Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 158–159, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See comments by Tillack, de Ruiter, and Rödel, 2021, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 97: 442, regarding the missing holotype. 

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