Phrynobatrachus villiersi Guibé, 1959

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

Phrynobatrachus villiersi Guibé, 1959, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 31: 134. Holotype: MNHNP 1958.485, by original designation. Type locality: "Yapo, (Côte d'Ivoire)".

English Names

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

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


Seemingly two allopatric populations: southwestern Ivory Coast into adjacent southeastern Liberia, and southeastern Ivory Coast (and possibly into adjacent Sierra Leone) and southwestern Ghana.  

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia


See Perret, 1988, Arch. Sci., Genève, 41: 284–286, for account. Hillers and Rödel, 2007, Salamandra, 43: 1–10, provided a record for Liberia. 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 B of Zimkus, Rödel, and Hillers, 2010, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 55: 883–900. Rödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 26, reported this species from the Krahn-Bassa Proposed Protected Area in southeastern Liberia and commented on identification and habitat preference. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 300–301, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. In the Phrynobatrachus calcaratus group of Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, and Boissinot, 2019, ZooKeys, 824: 53–70.

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