Phrynobatrachus inexpectatus Largen, 2001

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

Phrynobatrachus inexpectatus Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 301. Holotype: BMNH 1975.1711, by original designation. Type locality: "70 km NW of Kebre Mengist, near Bore (06° 23′ N 38° 35′ E, 2650 m), Ethiopia".

English Names

Largen's Dwarf Puddle Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 208).

Bore Puddle Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 310).


Humid montane forests in southwestern Ethiopia west of the Rift Valley from near Dorse at 2600 m elevation) and east of the Rift Valley from near Bore (2650 m elevation) and from several nearby localities in the Harenna Forest of the Bale Mountains at 1400 to 2400 m elevation. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


In the dwarf Phrynobatrachus group according to the original publication and compared with Phrynobatrachus scapularis, Phrynobatrachus albifer, Phrynobatrachus rouxi, Phrynobatrachus ukingensis, Phrynobatrachus mababiensis, Phrynobatrachus cryptotis. 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. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 208-209. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 310–311, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. In the Phrynobatrachus calcaratus group of Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, and Boissinot, 2019, ZooKeys, 824: 53–70. Tiutenko and Zinenko, 2020, Salamandra, 56: 135–147, commented on the identification with respect to Phrynobatrachus minutus and range (noting that the earlier record from Boka village, Kaffa province, Ethiopia, is based on juvenile Phrynobatrachus cf. natalensis), call, tadpole morphology, and breeding biology. Kassie Teme, Bekele Simegn, and Afework Bogale, 2022, Global Ecol. Conserv., 38 (e02211): 1–12, reported the species from Keffa Zone, southwestern Ethiopia, and discussed habitat. 


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