Kassina cochranae (Loveridge, 1941)

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

Kassina maculata Parker, 1931, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 7: 496. Holotype: BMNH 1930.11.19.42 by original designation; renumbered BM 1947.2.9.86, according to museum records. Type locality: "Sandaru, E. Sierra Leone". Secondary homonym of Hylambates maculatus Duméril, 1853.

Hylambates cochranae Loveridge, 1941, Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 91: 125. Syntypes: USNM 109569, MCZ 24465 (formerly USNM 109570, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 125). Type locality: "Bendaja, Republic of Liberia".

Kassina cochranaePerret, 1958, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 20: 1438.

Kassina maculataSchiøtz, 1964, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 127: 16.

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

Kassina cochranae cochranaeSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 240.

English Names

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


Forest in eastern Sierra Leone eastward through Liberia and southern Guinea to western Ivory Coast and southern Ghana.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone


Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 262–266, provided an account (including Kassina arboricola at the time). See comment under Kassina arboricola. See accounts by Rödel, Grafe, Rudolf, and Ernst, 2002, Copeia, 2002: 807–808, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 480–482. See comments by Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 214, regarding distinctiveness and range. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 618. Hillers, Ofori-Boateng, Segniagbeto, Agyei, and Rödel, 2009, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 85: 127–141, and Hillers, Ofori-Boateng, Segniagbeto, Agyei, and Rödel, 2009, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 85: 127–141, tentatively identified a frog from southern Ghana as this species. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 231–232, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 240–241, provided an account and map. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 136–137, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kanga, Kouamé, Zogbass, Gongomin, Agoh, Kouamé, Konan, Adepo-Gourène, Gourène, and Rödel, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15: 71–107, commented on conservation status, identification, range, and habitat on the Ivory Coast side of Mont Nimba. 

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