Xenopus boumbaensis Loumont, 1983

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

Xenopus boumbaensis Loumont, 1983, Rev. Suisse Zool., 90: 169. Holotype: MHNG 2088.31, by original designation. Type locality: "Mawa, à mi-chemin entre Yokadouma et Moloundou", southern Cameroon.

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

English Names

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

Boumba Clawed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 44). 


Known only from the type locality in the Boumba Valley, southeastern Cameroon.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon

Endemic: Cameroon


One of a group of cryptic species resembling Xenopus fraseri but distinguished from it by chromosome number (2n=72) and a mating call of a single note (found elsewhere within the genus only in Xenopus borealis; see Loumont, 1983, Rev. Suisse Zool., 90: 170). 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. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 44–45, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.  

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