Afrixalus phantasma Dehling, Greenbaum, Kusamba, and Portik, 2022

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

Afrixalus phantasma Dehling, Greenbaum, Kusamba, and Portik in Greenbaum, Portik, Allen, Vaughan, Badjedjea, Barej, Behangana, Conkey, Dumbo, Gonwouo, Hirschfeld, Hughes, Igunzi, Kasumba, Lukwago, Masudi, Penner, Reyes, Rödel, Roelke, Romero, and Dehling, 2022, Zootaxa, 5174: 213. Holotype: ZFMK 103454, by original designation. Type locality: "Gishwati Forest (01.823745° S, 29.360373° E, 2084 m), now part of Gishwati-Mukura National Park, Western Province, Rwanda". Zoobank publication registration: 907AF4BD-6427-4A99-B2A7-D8A5B344F31C

English Names

Ghost Spiny Reed Frog (original publication). 


Western Rwanda (Nyungwe and Gishwati Forests) and eastern Dem. Rep. Congo (Kivu Sud and Kivu Nord in and near Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Itombwe Plateau and Kabobo Plateau; expected in southwestern Uganda and northwestern Burundi. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda

Likely/Controversially Present: Burundi, Uganda


Previous confused with Afrixalus laevis according to the original publication, where comparative morphology, morphometrics, molecular markers, advertisement call, and natural history were detailed. Dehling and Sinsch, 2023, Diversity, 15 (512): 1–81, discussed the range, identification, natural history, advertisement call, and conservation status in Rwanda. 

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