Kassina cassinoides (Boulenger, 1903)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Kassininae > Genus: Kassina > Species: Kassina cassinoides

Hylambates cassinoides Boulenger, 1903, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 12: 556. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.10.1 (originally 1901.7.16.88), by museum records. Type locality: "McCarthy Island, Gambia".

Kassina cassinoidesLaurent and Combaz, 1950, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 43: 271; Schiøtz, 1964, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 127: 16.

Kassina (Kassina) cassinoidesDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 37.

English Names

Silver Running Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68).

Large Running Frog (Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 14).

Double-banded Running Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 144).


Disjunct populations in dry savanna of West Africa from Gambia and southern Senegal to southern Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, northern Ghana, southeastern Nigeria, and northern Cameroon; expected in southern Chad, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, southern Mauritania, and southern Niger. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo

Likely/Controversially Present: Chad, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger


Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 255–257, provided an account, and did Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 235–236. Böhme, 2005, Herpetozoa, Wien, 18: 177–178, discussed the range and provided a record for Senegal. 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. Nago, Grell, Sinsin, and Rödel, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 93–108, provided a record for Benin. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6–16, provided a record for Gambia. Amiet, 2007, Rev. Suisse Zool., 114: 123–124, reviewed the species in Cameroon. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 407–412. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 230, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Nneji, Adeola, Okeyoyin, Oladipo, Saidu, Samuel, Usongo, Adedeji, Omotoso, Adeyi, Ugwumba, and Ugwumba: 543–559, reported the species from Gashaka Gumti National Park, east-southeast Nigeria. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 144–145, 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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