Phrynobatrachus liberiensis Barbour and Loveridge, 1927

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

Phrynobatrachus liberiensis Barbour and Loveridge, 1927, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 10: 14. Holotype: MCZ 11993, by original designation. Type locality: "Gbanga, Liberia".

English Names

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

Liberian Puddle Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 274).


Upper Guinea forest zone of West Africa, in Sierra Leone, southern Guinea, Liberia, Ivory Coast, and southwestern Ghana, up to ca. 1000 m elevation; one record in southwestern Nigeria.


See account by Guibé and Lamotte, 1963, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 66: 601–627. Rödel, 2003, Salamandra, 39: 99, reported the species in Ivory Coast. Rödel, Bangoura, and Böhme, 2004, Herpetozoa, Wien, 17: 99–119, provided records for Ghana and noted earlier records as well. Rödel and Branch, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 245–268, Rödel, 2003, Salamandra, 39: 91–110, provided records for Ivory Coast. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99–172, summarized the literature. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 628. Rödel, Ofori-Boateng, Penner, and Hillers, 2009, Zootaxa, 1970: 52–62, mapped the range and provided the southwestern Nigeria record. Onadeko and Rödel, 2009, Salamandra, 45: 1–14, regarded the southwestern Nigeria record as based on a tentative identification. In species group C of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900, and suggested to be the sister taxon of Phrynobatrachus intermediusRödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 25, 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.: 274–275, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. In the Phrynobatrachus natalensis 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 conservation status, identification, range, and habitat on the Ivory Coast side of Mont Nimba.

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