Paracassina kounhiensis (Mocquard, 1905)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Kassininae > Genus: Paracassina > Species: Paracassina kounhiensis

Rothschildia kounhiensis Mocquard, 1905, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, 11: 288. Syntypes: MNHNP (3 specimens); MNHNP 1905.234–3We can 6 according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 46. Type locality: "Ouardji et de la vallee de Kounhi en Abyssinie [= Ethiopia]"; restricted to Kounhi Valley, Ethiopia by Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 355, who doubted the provenance of the specimen supposedly from Uargi.

Tornierella pulchra Ahl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 10. Syntypes: ZMB (2 specimens), registration numbers not provided in the original publication; these being ZMB 26917 (Garamulata) and 26918 (Somaliland) Type localities: "Garamulata, ca. 2800 m hoch, im Wald [= Gara Muleta Mountain, East Harerge Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia, ca. 2800 m a.s.l., in forest]" and "Somaliland [= Eastern Oromia Region, Ethiopia]". Synonymy (with Kassina obscura kounhiensis) by Largen, 1975, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 6: 18; Drewes and Roth, 1981, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 72: 267–287.

Rothschildia abyssinica Parker, 1930, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1930: 5. Holotype: BMNH 1895.12.31.29 by original designation; reregistered as 1947.2.10.32 according to museum records. Type locality: "Budda Pleateau, Ethiopia, (7° 30′ N. x 4° 20′ E, 7800 ft.)". Synonymy by Largen, 1975, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 6: 18; Drewes and Roth, 1981, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 72: 267–287.

Mocquardia kounhiensisAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 461.

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

Kassina obscura kounhiensisLargen, 1975, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 6: 18.

Tornierella kounhiensisDrewes and Roth, 1981, Zool. J. Linn. Soc., 72: 268.

Kassina (Paracassina) kounhiensisDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 38.

English Names

Kouni Valley Striped Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 69).

Mocquard's Mountain Kassina (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 127).


Ethiopian highlands, east of the Rift Valley, 1980–3200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


The two nominal subspecies are separated in Ethiopia by the Rift Valley. Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 355–356, discussed the types (doubting the provenance of MNHNP 1905.0234). See account and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 127–129. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 242–243, provided information on comparative larval morphology.. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 315–316, provided a brief account and map. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 146–147, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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