Paracassina obscura (Boulenger, 1895)

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

Cassina obscura Boulenger, 1895 "1894", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1894: 644. Holotype: BMNH 1887.1.17.3 (now reregistered as 1947.2.9.99), according to museum records. Type locality: "Let Marefia, Shoa", Ethiopia.

Paracassina obscuraPeracca, 1907, Boll. Mus. Zool. Anat. Comp. Univ. Torino, 22 (553): 3.

Kassina obscuraNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 330; Perret, 1958, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 20: 1438.

Rothschildia obscuraParker, 1930, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1930: 4.

Mocquardia obscuraAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 460.

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

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

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

English Names

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

Boulenger's Mountain Kassina (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 130).


Ethiopian highlands, west of the Rift Valley as far as the Keffa Zone, generally 2500–3000 m elevation, although as low as 820 m in some areas.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 356, commented on distribution. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 129–131. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 243–244, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Kassie Teme, 2016, J. Zool. Stud., 3(4): 1–6, reported a population from Mengeha (Ambiki), northwestern Ethiopia. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 313–315, 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. Kassie Teme, Bekele Simegn, and Afework Bogale, 2022, Global Ecol. Conserv., 38 (e02211): 1–12, reported the species from Keffa Zone, southwestern Ethiopia, and discussed habitat.

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