Xenopus andrei Loumont, 1983

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pipidae > Subfamily: Dactylethrinae > Genus: Xenopus > Species: Xenopus andrei

Xenopus andrei Loumont, 1983, Rev. Suisse Zool., 90: 170. Holotype: MHNG 2088.32, by original designation. Type locality: "Longyi (Nord de Kribi)", southern Cameroon.

Xenopus (Xenopus) andreiKobel, Barandun, and Thiebaud, 1998, Herpetol. J., 8: 13.

English Names

Andre's Clawed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97).


Known with confidence only from a few localities in southern Cameroon, northeastern Gabon and western Central African Republic, as well as northwestern Angola; presumably in intervening Equatorial Guinea, Rep. Congo, and Dem. Rep. Congo. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon

Likely/Controversially Present: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea


One of a group of cryptic species resembling Xenopus fraseri but distinguished from it by chromosome number (2n = 72) and mating call. See Kobel, Loumont, and Tinsley, 1996, in Tinsley and Kobel (eds.), Biol. Xenopus: 9-33, for account. Ernst, Schmitz, Wagner, Branquima, and Hölting, 2015, Salamandra, 51: 147–155, discussed the range, previous records that are questionable due to the great morphological similarity to Xenopus fraseri, and provided a spot map. In the Xenopus amieti group of Evans, Carter, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kelley, McLaughlin, Pauwels, Portik, Stanley, Tinsley, Tobias, and Blackburn, 2015, PLoS One, 10(12): e0142823: 29. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 59, provided a map for Angola and discussed its literature. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 35, summarized the literature for Gabon. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 44–45, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 246, noted the species to occur in Uigé Province of northwestern Angola. Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 144, excluded this from the fauna of Equatorial Guinea. 

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