Kassina fusca Schiøtz, 1967

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

Kassina fusca Schiøtz, 1967, Spolia Zool. Mus. Haun., 25: 79. Holotype: ZMUC R073869, by original designation. Type locality: "9 ml. n. [mi. N] of Walewale ('ml. 77 1/2'), Ghana".

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

English Names

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

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

Smiling Running Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 140). 


Dry savannas of southern Mauritania, Senegal, and central-northern Guinea to Burkina Faso and northwestern Nigeria; expected in Guinea-Bissau. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo

Likely/Controversially Present: Guinea-Bissau


Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 258-261, provided an account as did Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 236–237. 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 records for Gambia. Hillers, Loua, and Rödel, 2008, Salamandra, 44: 113-122, provided the first record from Guinea. See comment by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 565, regarding the possibility of this species occurring in Cameroon. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 233, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 140–141, 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. Sampaio, Velo-Antón, Martínez-Freiría, Sánchez-Vialas, Pleguezuelos, Géniez, Crochet, and Brito, 2021, Conserv. Genetics, 22: 233–248, reported the species from southern Mauritania.  

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