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.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, 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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