Phrynomantis microps Peters, 1875

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Microhylidae > Subfamily: Phrynomerinae > Genus: Phrynomantis > Species: Phrynomantis microps

English Names

Accra Snake-necked Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 91).

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


Senegal to northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo and western South Sudan in savannah and woodlands; expected in Chad, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, southwestern Mauritania, and southern Niger. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural resident: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Togo

Likely/controversial occurrence in political unit: Chad, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Niger


Regarded by some authors (e.g., Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 86) as conspecific with Phrynomantis bifasciatus. See account by Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 45. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 267-273, provided an account and mentioned a number of misidentifications in the literature. 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. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 88, provided records for Nigeria. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6-16, provided records for Gambia. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 255–257, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 110–111, 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. 

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