Xenopus largeni Tinsley, 1995

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

Xenopus ethiopii Herrmann, 1994, Amph. Aquar.: 151. Nomen nudum attributed to Tinsley. Synonymy by Tinsley, 1995, Amphibia-Reptilia, 16: 384.

Xenopus largeni Tinsley, 1995, Amphibia-Reptilia, 16: 376. Holotype: BMNH 1977.872, by original designation. Type locality: "stream near 400 km marker on Wollo-Kibre Mengist Road, 70 km NW of Kibre Mengist, Sidamo Province, Ethiopia (06° 23′ ′N, 38° 35′E, altitude 2650 m)".

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

English Names

Largen's Clawed Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 155).


Known from high elevations on either side of the Rift in Ethiopia, 2300 to 3100 m elevation, west to at least the Keffa Zone, southwestern Ethiopia. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


Similar to Xenopus clivii according to the original publication. See comments by Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 313, regarding distribution. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 155. Evans, Bliss, Mendel, and Tinsley, 2011, Mol. Ecol., 20: 4216–4230, discussed the genetic differentiation of populations on either side of the Rift in Ethiopia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 50–51, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kassie Teme, Bekele Simegn, and Afework Bogale, 2022, Global Ecol. Conserv., 38 (e02211): 1–12, reported the species from Keffa Zone, southwestern Ethiopia, and discussed habitat.

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