Xenopus petersii Bocage, 1895

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

Xenopus petersii Bocage, 1895, Herpetol. Angola Congo: 187. Syntypes: MBL 3.473 (Quindumbo), 3.474-477 (Caconda), 3.476 (S. Salvador do Congo), 3.478 (Dombe), 3.479 (Quimbula), 3.481-483 (Huila), 3.485 (Cassange), 3.486-488 (Dondo) according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 16; all thought to have been destroyed by fire in 1978; however Bauer, Günther, and Robeck, 1996, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 72: 271, reported ZMB 5831 as a surviving syntype exchanged from the MBL, although this status disputed by Frétey, Dubois, and Ohler, 2014, Alytes, 30: 44. MNHNP 0.1465 designated lectotype by Frétey, Dubois, and Ohler, 2014, Alytes, 30: 44. Type localities: "St. Salvador", "Benguella", "Catumbella", Quibula", "Quindumbo", "Caconda", "Huila", "Ambaca", "Dombe", "Cassange", and “Chimboto ou Gimboto", all in Angola. Lectotype from Benguela, Benguela Province, Angola. 

Xenopus laevis petersiParker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

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

Xenopus petersiiChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248.

English Names

Peters' Clawed Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 46; Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 48).

Peters' Platanna (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 336).


Northern Namibia, through central and western Angola to western Dem. Rep. Congo, and western Rep. Congo, and to southern Gabon. 


Removed from the synonymy of Xenopus laevis by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 248, where it had been placed by Parker, 1936, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 10, 18: 597 (although considered to be distinctive at the subspecies level by Mertens, 1971, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 529: 7). See comment under Xenopus laevis. Measey and Channing, 2003, Amphibia-Reptilia, 24: 321-330, provided molecular evidence for the distinctiveness of Xenopus petersii from Xenopus laevis. Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 336-337, provided an account. Furman, Bewick, Harrison, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Chifundera, and Evans, 2015, Mol. Ecol., 24: 909–925, transferred the populations in Botswana/Zambia and Cameroon/Nigeria to Xenopus poweri.  In the Xenopus laevis 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): 62–64, provided a map for Angola and discussed the literature. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 36, summarized the literature for Gabon. Butler, Ceríaco, Marques, Bandeira, Júlio, Heinicke, and Bauer, 2019, Herpetol. Rev., 50: 225–240, reported on a collection from Huila Province, southwestern Angola. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 48–49, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Baptista, António, and Branch, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (e203): 96–130, reported on specimens from Bicuar National Park, southwestern Angola.   

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