Phrynobatrachus phyllophilus Rödel and Ernst, 2002

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

Phrynobatrachus phyllophilus Rödel and Ernst, 2002, J. Herpetol., 36: 563. Holotype: SMNS 9721.1, by original designation. Type locality: "Taï National Park, Ivory Coast, SRET station, swampy area in primary rain forest, 5° 50′ N, 7° 20′ W".

English Names

Leaf-loving Puddle Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 294).


Moderate elevation rainforest from central Sierra Leone through Liberia, southern Guinea, to southeastern Ivory Coast, to ca. 1000 m elevation.


Confused with Phrynobatrachus guineensis in most literature prior to its description and most similar to Phrynobatrachus guineensis, according to the original publication. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 628. In species group C of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883-900. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 281–282, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Kouamé, Konan, Adepo-Gourène, Gourène, and Rödel, 2014, Herpetol. Notes, 7: 657–665, provided a record for eastern Ivory Coast and provided some natural history notes. Rödel 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.: 294–295, 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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