Afrixalus sylvaticus Schiøtz, 1974

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

Afrixalus sylvaticus Schiøtz, 1974, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 137: 17. Holotype: ZMUC R073862, by original designation. Type locality: "Kwale, Kenya". Synonymy byPickersgill, 2005, Steenstrupia, 29: 17.

Afrixalus stuhlmanni sylvaticus — Pickersgill, 2005, Steenstrupia, 29: 17.

Afrixalus sylvaticus — Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 142; Poynton, 2007 "2006", Afr. J. Herpetol., 55: 167. 

Afrixalus sylvestris — Poynton, 2007 "2006", Afr. J. Herpetol., 55: 167. Incorrect subsequent spelling. 

English Names

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

Forest Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 142).


Northern coastal Tanzania and coastal Kenya. 


The literature of the Afrixalus stuhlmanni complex prior to about 2005 and east African Afrixalus generally is confusing and replete with misidentifications; users should beware. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 143-144, provided an account. See account by Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search:  446-447 (as Afrixalus stuhlmanni sylvaticus, and noting intergradation with Afrixalus stuhlmanni). See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 282. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 18, provided a range map for Kenya, photograph, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 162–163, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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