Afrixalus wittei (Laurent, 1941)

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

Megalixalus wittei Laurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 35: 127. Holotype: MRAC 11500, by original designation. Type locality: "Lukafu (Katanga [Province])", Dem. Rep. Congo.

Megalixalus (Afrixalus) witteiLaurent, 1944, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 38: 113.

Afrixalus witteiGuibé, 1948, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 20: 500, by implication; Laurent, 1957, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 42: 5; Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 120.

English Names

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

De Witte's Spiny Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 143; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 145).

Witte's Afrixalus (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 145 [alternative name]).

De Witte's Leaping Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 145 [alternative name]).


Northwestern-central Angola to southern Dem. Rep. Congo, adjacent western Tanzania, and most of Zambia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Tanzania, Zambia


See Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 24, for Angola record. See accounts by Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 191–192, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 64, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 143, and Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 145–146. Ceríaco, Marques, and Bandeira, 2016, Anf. Rept. Parque Nac. Cangandala: 32, provided a brief account for Malanje Province, Angola. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 88, provided a map for Angola and a brief account. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 158–159, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 253, noted the presence in Uigé Province, northwestern Angola.

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