Hymenochirus feae Boulenger, 1906

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Subfamily: Dactylethrinae > Genus: Hymenochirus > Species: Hymenochirus feae

Hymenochirus feae Boulenger, 1906 "1905", Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 2: 158. Type(s): Not stated but according to museum records BMNH 1947.2.24.81-82 (formerly 1906.3.30.172-173) and MSNG 29941 (4 specimens) are syntypes, and MSNG; MSNG 29941A designated lectotype by Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 210. Type locality: "Fernand-Vaz, French Congo [= Gabon]".

Hymenochirus boettgeri feaePerret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 554.

Hymenochirus feaePerret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 305.

English Names

Gaboon Dwarf Clawed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 96).


Gabon and adjacent western Rep. Congo, and westernmost Dem. Rep. Congo, suggesting its eventual discovery in the Cabinda enclave of Angola, and Rep. Congo; similar specimens reported for Luki, northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Gabon


Perret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 554, regarded Hymenochirus feae as a subspecies of Hymenochirus boettgeri, but Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 305, recognized Hymenochirus feae as a distinct species. Frétey, Dewynter, and Blanc, 2011, Clé de détermination, Amph. Afri. Centr. Angola: 1–232, provided a key for identification. Nagy, Chifundera, Collet, and Gvoždík, 2013, Herpetol. Notes, 6:  413–419, provided a record (as Hymenochirus sp. aff. feae) from Bas-Congo, southwestern Dem. Rep. Congo. Deichmann, Mulcahy, Vanthomme, Tobi, Wynn, Zimkus, and McDiarmid, 2017, PLoS One, 12 (11: e0187283): 21, provided molecular evidence for a likely unnamed lineage in Rep. Congo. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 256, discussed the possible range in Angola. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 34, summarized the literature for Gabon and noted that specimens away from the type locality may not be of this species. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 40–41, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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