Afrixalus weidholzi (Mertens, 1938)

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

Megalixalus weidholzi Mertens, 1938, Zool. Anz., 123: 244. Holotype: NHMW 16811 according to Häupl and Tiedemann, 1978, Kat. Wiss. Samml. Naturhist. Mus. Wien, 2: 25. Type locality: "10 km südlich Diénoundialla, Senegal".

Megalixalus schoutedeni Laurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 35: 130. Holotype: MRAC 2437, by original designation. Type locality: "Dramba (Ituri)", Dem. Rep. Congo. Synonymy by Laurent, 1951, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 28.

Megalixalus (Afrixalus) schoutedeniLaurent, 1944, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 38: 113-114.

Afrixalus weidholziGuibé, 1948, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 20: 500, by implication.

Afrixalus schoutedeniGuibé, 1948, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 20: 501.

Afrixalus weidholziLaurent, 1951, Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 28.

Afrixalus wiedholziLoveridge, 1956, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 48: 164. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

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

Weidholz's Spiny Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 164).  


Isolated records from Gambia, Senegal, Togo, Ghana, north-central Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and southern Mali to northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo (on the South Sudan border) in savannas; presumably extends into southern Chad, Central African Republic, Guinea, Liberia, and Guinea-Bissau.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Togo

Likely/Controversially Present: Central African Republic, Chad, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia


See account by Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 135. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 238242, provided an account. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 96, suggested that this species will be found in southern Mauritania. Wanger, 2005, Salamandra, 41: 27–33, provided Gambia records, as did Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16. Rödel, Brede, Schiefenhövel, Penner, Sinsin, and Nago, 2007, Salamandra, 43: 238, provided a record from Lama Forest, southern Benin. Segniagbeto, Bowessidjaou, Dubois, and Ohler, 2007, Alytes, 24: 76, commented on the presence of this species in Togo. Amiet, 2009, Rev. Suisse Zool., 116: 53–92, provided an account for Cameroon. as didAmiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 106–110. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 64–65, provided a brief account and map. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 194–195, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 164–165, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Ayoro, Segniagbeto, Hema, Penner, Oueda, Dubois, Rödel, Kabré, and Ohler, 2020, Zoosystema, 42: 547–582, discussed records, identification, and habitat in Burkina Faso.   

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