Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus Boulenger, 1898

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

Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus Boulenger, 1898, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1898: 479. Syntypes: BMNH 1947.2.4.34–35 (formerly–25), according to Grandison, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 449. Type locality: "about Lake Mwero", Zambia-Dem. Rep. Congo boundary.

Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus perpalmatusAhl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 273.

Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus werneri Ahl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 273. Syntypes: Presumably NHMW; by implication of referring to material reported by Werner, 1919, Denkschr. Akad. Wiss. Wien, Math. Naturwiss. Kl., 96: 19, although not noted in recent type lists . Type localities: "El Grassi und Weisser Nil (Tonga, Renk, Kashawal)". Secondary homonym of Arthroleptis werneri Nieden, 1910. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1933, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 74: 346.

Phrynobatrachus (Phrynobatrachus) perpalmatusLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 199.

English Names

Lake Mwero River Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 104).

Webbed Puddle Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 310; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 288).


South-central Sudan along the Nile River to central Dem. Rep. Congo, extreme western Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, and northern Mozambique, possibly into northern Zimbabwe.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Malawi, Mozambique, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia

Likely/Controversially Present: Zimbabwe


See accounts by Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 165–169, Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 106–108, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 310–311. Loveridge's records for Mozambique and Malawi are based on Phrynobatrachus acridoides; see Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 140–141. See Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 158. Records of Phrynobatrachus perpalmatus from Cameroon by Perret and Mertens, 1957, Rev. Suisse Zool., 64: 73–78, are based on specimens of Phrynobatrachus steindachneri according to J.-L. Perret (personal communication). Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 288–289, provided an account. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99–172, summarized the literature and reported the species as occurring in Burundi, but without a specific locality. Not addressed by Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900, so not assigned to species group. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 231, provided an account for Malawi. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 272–273, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Gvoždík, Nečas, Dolinay, Zimkus, Schmitz, and Fokam, 2020, PeerJ, 8 (e8393): 1–52, discussed misidentifications. 

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