Phrynobatrachus asper Laurent, 1951

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Phrynobatrachidae > Genus: Phrynobatrachus > Species: Phrynobatrachus asper

Phrynobatrachus asper Laurent, 1951, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 44: 364. Holotype: MRAC unnumbered, according to the original publication. Type locality: "Riv. Makenda, 5 km au sud de May ya Moto, 2450-2500 m, bassin de l'Elila, Territoire de Mwenga, Kivu", Dem. Rep. Congo.

English Names

Itombwe River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 103).

Rough Puddle Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 312).


Itombwe Highlands, southern Kivu, eastern Dem. Rep. Congo, 2400 to 2850 m elevation, in swamps and montane forest.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Endemic: Congo, Democratic Republic of the


Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99-172, summarized the literature. Not addressed by Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883-900, so not assigned to species group. Greenbaum and Chifundera, 2012, Herpetol. Rev., 43: 254–259, reported the rediscovery of this species, not otherwise collected since 1954. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 312–313, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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