Phrynobatrachus gutturosus (Chabanaud, 1921)

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

Arthroleptis gutturosus Chabanaud, 1921, Bull. Com. Études Hist. Scient. Afr. Occid. Franç., 1921: 452. Syntypes: MNHNP 1921.137–142, 1921.280–282, according to the original publication. Other authors list AMG (1 specimen, now PEM A1563 according to  Conradie, Branch, and Watson, 2015, Zootaxa, 3936: 50), MRAC (5 specimens), BMNH 1947.2.6.49–50 (formerly 1927.2.19.1–2), 1947.2.6.51–75 (formerly 1921.6.16.8–39), and MCZ 12836 (exchanged from BMNH according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1929, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 69: 225), according to Grandison, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 446, and museum records. Type locality: "Sanikolé", Liberia.

Phrynobatrachus (Pararthroleptis) gutturosusLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 207.

Phrynobatrachus gutturosusGuibé and Lamotte, 1958, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 30: 257. Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 151; Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 620; Lamotte, 1967, Bull. Inst. Fondam. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 29: 259.

English Names

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

Guttural Puddle Frog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23).


Eastern Liberia to western Nigeria (see comment); expected in southern Guinea and Burkina Faso. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo

Likely/Controversially Present: Burkina Faso, Guinea


Material from Katanga, Dem. Rep. Congo, assigned to Phrynobatrachus gutturosus by various authors was reassigned to Phrynobatrachus rungwensis by Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 163. Poynton and Haacke, 1993, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 36: 1–16, described a specimen from Angola that they regarded as intermediate between Phrynobatrachus gutturosus and Phrynobatrachus rungwensis. Malawi material allocated to Phrynobatrachus gutturosus by Poynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 210, and by Stewart, 1967, Amph. Malawi: 96, is Phrynobatrachus stewartae. See Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 38–39. Reviewed by Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 601–627, and Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 151–154. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 161–164, provided an account. Nago, Grell, Sinsin, and Rödel, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 93–108, provided a record for Benin. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 38–39, provided records for Nigeria. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99–17, summarized the literature. In species group B of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900, who noted an unnamed species confounded with this species. Rödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 24, reported this species from the Krahn-Bassa Proposed Protected Area in southeastern Liberia and the Foya Proposed Protected Area in western Liberia, and commented on identification and habitat preference. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 302–303, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map (not including the questionable record from eastern Dem. Rep. Congo), noting that this taxon is a species complex. In the Phrynobatrachus calcaratus group of Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, and Boissinot, 2019, ZooKeys, 824: 53–70. Kanga, Kouamé, Zogbass, Gongomin, Agoh, Kouamé, Konan, Adepo-Gourène, Gourène, and Rödel, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15: 71–107, commented on this species being a complex of cryptic lineages, range, and habitat on the Ivory Coast side of Mont Nimba.

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