Phrynobatrachus dendrobates (Boulenger, 1919)

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

Arthroleptis dendrobates Boulenger, 1919, Rev. Zool. Afr., 7: 8. Holotype: BMNH 1947.2.4.32 (formerly 1919.8.16.30), according to Grandison, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 445. Type locality: "Madié (Ituri)", Dem. Rep. Congo; rendered as "Medje, Belgian Congo" (=Dem. Rep. Congo) by Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 335, and Medje, Uele, Congo [=Dem. Rep. Congo], by Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 108.

Phrynobatrachus dendrobatesNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 195, 335; Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 131, 160.

Natalobatrachus dendrobatesHewitt, 1926, Ann. S. Afr. Mus., 20: 426.

Phrynobatrachus (Natalobatrachus) dendrobatesLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 196.

Phrynobatrachus dendrobatesPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 144.

Phrynodon dendrobates — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 419. 

English Names

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

Climbing Puddle Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 277).

Disk-toed Puddle Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 277 [alternative name]).


Forest floor or perched on low leaves along the banks of small rivers from eastern Dem. Rep. Congo and western Uganda.


See Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 108, for discussion on distinctness of species. Drewes and Vindum, 1994, J. Afr. Zool., 108: 63, disputed the distinctness of this species from Phrynobatrachus petropedetoides. Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 144, rejected the association of this species with Natalobatrachus. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 277–278, provided an account. In species group A of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 272–273, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. In the Phrynobatrachus krefftii group of Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, and Boissinot, 2019, ZooKeys, 824: 53–70.

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