Phrynobatrachus pygmaeus (Ahl, 1925)

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

Arthroleptis pygmaeus Ahl, 1925 "1923", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1923: 105. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered in the original publication; possibly ZMB 28346, according to Grandison, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 449. Type locality: "Buala am Uam, Neu-Kamerun", Central African Republic.

Micrarthroleptis pygmaeusDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 159.

Phrynobatrachus (Micrarthroleptis) pygmaeusLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 208.

English Names

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

Pygmy Puddle Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 300).


Known only from the type locality (Buala, Central African Republic).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Central African Republic

Endemic: Central African Republic


See Frétey, 2007, Alytes, 25: 83–85, for discussion of the type locality. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99–172, summarized the literature. Not addressed by Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900, so not assigned to species group. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 300–301, provided a brief account and range map.

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