Kassina somalica Scortecci, 1932

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

Kassina somalica Scortecci, 1932, Atti Soc. Ital. Sci. Nat. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Milano, 71: 265. Holotype: MSNM Am 8 (formerly 672) according to Blackburn and Scali, 2014, Herpetol. Monogr., 28: 27, who discussed the material. Type locality: "Vilaggio Duca degli Abruzzi", southern Somalia.

Kassina senegalensis somalicaSchiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 56.

Kassina somalicaLanza, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 175.

English Names

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


Arid regions of Eritrea, eastern Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, and northern Tanzania.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania


Resurrected from the synonymy of Kassina senegalensis by Lanza, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 175, where it had been placed by Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 56. Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 353-354, discussed distribution and taxonomic problems surrounding application of this name. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia and Eritrea by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 124-125. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 142–143, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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