Petropedetes Reichenow, 1874

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Petropedetidae > Genus: Petropedetes
9 species

Petropedetes Reichenow, 1874, Arch. Naturgesch., 40: 290. Type species: Petropedetes cameronensis Reichenow, 1874, by monotypy. Placed on the Official List of Generic Name by Opinion 1921, Anonymous, 1999, Bull. Zool. Nomencl., 56: 96-100.

PetropeditesO'Shaughnessy, 1876, Zool. Rec., 11: 84. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Tympanoceros Barboza du Bocage, 1895, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 3 (12): 270. Type species: Tympanoceros newtoni Bocage, 1895, by monotypy. Synonymy by Boulenger, 1900, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1900: 439.

English Names

African Water Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).


Eastern Nigeria through Cameroon to southern Gabon to an including borderlands with Rep. Congo, with an apparent gap at Togo; Bioko, (Equatorial Guinea).


Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 369-374; and Amiet, 1973, Bull. Inst. Fondam. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 35: 462-474, discussed the Cameroon species. Perret, 1984, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 107: 169, provided an identification matrix for the species. Barej, Rödel, Gonwouo, Pauwels, Böhme, and Schmitz, 2010, Zootaxa, 2340: 1-49, reviewed the species of Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria and provided an identification key. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 264–272, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2018, ZooKeys, 765: 59–78, provided a revision and key to the species. 

Contained taxa (9 sp.):

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