Phrynobatrachus versicolor Ahl, 1924

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

Phrynobatrachus versicolor Ahl, 1924, Zool. Anz., 61: 100. Syntypes: ZMB (215 specimens), unnumbered in the original publication; including ZMB 25370–71, 25423 (according to Deckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 133), BMNH 1947.2.4.26 (formerly 1935.2.8.1, according to museum records), MCZ 17532–33 (on exchange from ZMB, according to Barbour and Loveridge, 1946, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 96: 170), according to Grandison, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 451. Type localities: "Rugegewald", "Bugoiewald", and "Urwald nordwestlich des Tanganyika-Sees", Rwanda.

Phrynobatrachus (Natalobatrachus) versicolorLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 196.

Phrynodon versicolor — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 419. 

English Names

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

Green Puddle Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 297).


Western Rwanda, northwestern Burundi, southwestern Uganda, and adjacent eastern Dem. Rep. Congo (North Kivu) in mountain swamps, 1500–2800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Uganda


See Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 106, for discussion. Removed from the synonymy of Phrynobatrachus dendrobates by Laurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 34: 196, where it had been placed by Loveridge, 1936, Field Mus. Nat. Hist. Publ., Zool. Ser., 22: 97. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 297–298, provided an account. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99–172, summarized the literature. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 473. In species group A of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 272–273, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. In the Phrynobatrachus krefftii group of Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, and Boissinot, 2019, ZooKeys, 824: 53–70. Dehling and Sinsch, 2023, Diversity, 15 (512): 1–81, discussed the range, identification, natural history, advertisement call, and conservation status in Rwanda. Behangana, Byaruhanga, Magala, Katumba, Kagurusi, Dendi, and Luiselli, 2023, Wetlands, 43(88): 1–13, reported on presence in the wetlands of southwestern Uganda.

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