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, and southern Mali to northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo (on the South Sudan border) in savannas.


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. 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.  

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