Odontobatrachus natator (Boulenger, 1905)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Odontobatrachidae > Genus: Odontobatrachus > Species: Odontobatrachus natator

Petropedetes natator Boulenger, 1905, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 15: 281. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.30.65–69 (formerly 1905.1.27.4–5 and 1905.2.2.15–17) according to museum records. Type locality: "Sierra Leone".

Odontobatrachus natator — Barej, Rödel, Loader, Menegon, Gonwouo, Penner, Gvoždík, Günther, Bell, Nagel, and Schmitz, 2014, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 71: 269. 

English Names

Swimmer (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 163).

Sierra Leone Water Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Common Toothed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 314). 


High-gradient streams in the hilly forested parts of West Africa in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea, sea level to over 1000 m elevation.  


Possibly distinct from other Petropedetes according to J. L. Amiet In Perret, 1984, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 107: 167. Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 210, provided brief comments about specimens from Guinea. See brief comments by Rödel, Bangoura, and Böhme, 2004, Herpetozoa, Wien, 17: 107, regarding range and natural history. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 627. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 268–269, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Barej, Penner, Schmitz, and Rödel, 2015, BMC Evol. Biol., 15(67): 1–16, provided molecular evidence that this nominal taxon is composed of at least 5 species of which 4 are unnamed. Barej, Schmitz, Penner, Doumbia, Sandberger-Loua, Hirschfeld, Brede, Emmrich, Kouamé, Hillers, Gonwouo, Nopper, Adeba, Bangoura, Gage, Anderson, and Rödel, 2015, Zoosyst. Evol., 91: 115–149, named these species and revised this species and restricted its range. Doumbia, Sandberger-Loua, Schulze, and Rödel, 2018, Alytes, 36: 63–92, described larval morphology. Rödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 24, reported this species from the Foya Proposed Protected Area in western Liberia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 314–315, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.  

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