Afrixalus paradorsalis Perret, 1960

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

Afrixalus congicus paradorsalis Perret, 1960, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 61: 370. Holotype: MHNG 991.50 according to Schätti and Perret, 1997, Rev. Suisse Zool., 104: 358. Type locality: "Foulassi, Cameroun".

Afrixalus paradorsalisPerret, 1976, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 99: 28.

Afrixalus paradorsalis paradorsalisAmiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 63.

English Names

Foulassi Banana Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).

False Striped Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 156).


Brushland from southeastern Nigeria east of the Cross River, in southern Cameroon and Gabon as well as in Equatorial Guinea and Bas-Congo, Dem. Rep. Congo; Bioko Island; presumably to be found in adjacent Central African Republic and Rep. Congo (see comment).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria

Likely/Controversially Present: Central African Republic, Congo, Republic of the


See Perret, 1976, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 99: 28, for revalidation of species status. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 48, provided a record for Nigeria. Frétey and Blanc, 2002 "2001", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 382, reported this species from Gabon. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21–34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Köhler, Scheelke, Schick, Veith, and Lötters, 2005, Afr. Zool., 40: 127-142, described the advertisement call. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 53–92. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 76–87. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 48–49, provided a brief account and map. Charles, Bell, Blackburn, Burger, Fujita, Gvoždík, Jongsma, Kouete, Leaché, and Portik, 2018, J. Biogeograph., 45: 1781–1794, reported on the molecular biogeography of the species. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 256, noted specimens in the Dem. Rep. Congo within 50 km of the Cabinda Enclave, Angola, suggesting its possible occurrence there. Nagy, Chifundera, Collet, and Gvoždík, 2013, Herpetol. Notes, 6:  413–419, provided a record from Bas-Congo, southwestern Dem. Rep. Congo. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 22, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 55). Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 156–157, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Portik, Bell, Blackburn, Bauer, Barratt, Branch, Burger, Channing, Colston, Conradie, Dehling, Drewes, Ernst, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Harvey, Hillers, Hirschfeld, Jongsma, Kielgast, Kouete, Lawson, Leaché, Loader, Lötters, van der Meijden, Menegon, Müller, Nagy, Ofori-Boateng, Ohler, Papenfuss, Rößler, Sinsch, Rödel, Veith, Vindum, Zassi-Boulou, and McGuire, 2019, Syst. Biol., 68: 859–875, suggested that this nominal species is a complex. 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. Nečas, Kielgast, Nagy, Chifundera, and Gvoždík, 2022, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 174 (107514): 1–11, provided a molecular tree that suggests that this nominal species is composed of at least 2 species.     

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