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. 


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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