Kassina maculosa (Sternfeld, 1917)

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

Megalixalus maculosus Sternfeld, 1917, in Mecklenburg (ed.), Ergebnisse der Zweit. Deutschen Zentral-Afr.-Exped. 1910–1911, Zool.: 501. Syntype(s): SMF (2 examples), by original designation; SMF 7249 designated lectotype by Mertens, 1967, Senckenb. Biol., 48(A): 48. Type locality: "Duma (Ubangi)", Dem. Rep. Congo.

Kassina maculosaLaurent, 1952, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 46: 274.

Kassina maculosa maculosaPerret, 1958, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 20: 1437–1447; Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 127; Laurent, 1976, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 213: 33.

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

English Names

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

Central Running Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 138). 


Western and central Cameroon to southwestern Central African Republic, northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo, and Gabon; isolated record in Cpanda, Malanje Province, Angola (see comment); expected in southeastern Nigeria and northern Rep. Congo.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Gabon

Likely/Controversially Present: Congo, Republic of the, Nigeria


See account by Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 127. See comment under Kassina mertensi. Amiet, 2007, Rev. Suisse Zool., 114: 102–113, discussed the difficulty of distinguishing this species from Kassina decorata and provided discussion of how identification can be arrived at. The range is highly provisional. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 376–386. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 236–237, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 241–243, provided an account and map. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 116, provided a map and brief account for Angola. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 253, suggested that the Angola record requires confirmation. Zimkus and Larson, 2013, Salamandra, 49: 159, provided a record from Batéké Plateau National Park, Gabon. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 29, summarized the literature for Gabon. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 138–139, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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