Kassinula Laurent, 1940

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Kassinula
1 species

Kassinula Laurent, 1940, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 33: 313. Type species: Kassinula wittei Laurent, 1940, by monotypy.

English Names

Clicking Frogs (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 185).


Uplands of western and northern Zambia and southern Dem. Rep. Congo, generally in flooded grassy areas.


Kassinula was resurrected from the synonymy of Kassina by Drewes, 1984, Occas. Pap. California Acad. Sci., 139: 55, where it had been placed by Laurent and Combaz, 1950, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 43: 273. J.-L. Perret In Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 225, regarding Kassinula as a subgenus of Kassina. Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 37-38, considered Kassinula a junior synonym of Kassina. Channing, 1989, S. Afr. J. Zool., 24: 116-131, transferred it to the Hyperoliinae, as the sister-taxon of Afrixalus, on the basis of a parsimony analysis. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 247-248, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 185-186, provided accounts. Conradie, Keates, Lobon-Rovira, Vaz Pinto, Verburgt, Baptista, Harvey, and Júlio, 2020, Afr. Zool., 55: 311–322, confirmed the phylogenetic results of Channing (1989) on the basis of a 16S mtDNA analysis. 

Contained taxa (1 sp.):

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