Afrixalus uluguruensis (Barbour and Loveridge, 1928)

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

Megalixalus uluguruensis Barbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 231. Holotype: MCZ 13311, by original designation. Type locality: "Vituri, Uluguru Mountains, Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]".

Afrixalus ulugurensisGuibé, 1948, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 20: 500, by implication; Laurent and Combaz, 1950, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 43: 269-280.

English Names

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

Uluguru Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 160).


High altitude ponds in the Uluguru, Nguu, Mahenge, and Udzungwa mountains forests as well as, with some doubt, coastal Tanzania (see comment).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Tanzania

Endemic: Tanzania


Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 144-145, provided an account. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 57–59, provided a brief account and map. Loader, Poynton, and Mariaux, 2004, Afr. Zool., 39: 71-76, provided a record for Mahenge Mountain in Tanzania and detailed the range. See comment under Afrixalus dorsimaculatus. Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 463. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Afrixalus sylvaticus) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 282, in which they doubted the coastal records. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 192, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 172–173, provided a brief account and photograph. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 160–161, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Tillack, de Ruiter, and Rödel, 2021, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 97: 440, briefly discussed the types. 

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