Ptychadena beka Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, Freilich, Kassie, and Boissinot, 2021

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ptychadenidae > Genus: Ptychadena > Species: Ptychadena beka

Ptychadena beka Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, Freilich, Kassie Teme, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys, 1016: 117. Holotype: Sandra Goutte 291, by original designation. Type locality: "southwest of Nekemte (8.9950°N, 36.4955°E, 2213 m a.s.l.)", Ethiopia. 

English Names

None noted. 


Wide distribution on both sides of the Great Rift Valley in Ethiopia, 1695 to 2596 m elevation, limited in the north by the Blue Nile with northernmost specimens from just north of Gohatsion, the westernmost record jfrom Gech'a and to the southeaster near Iteya and south of Irba Muda. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


The original publicaiton provided a detailed account, phylogenetic placement, morphometrics, advertisement call, habitat, and placement in their Ptychadena neumanni group of the Ptychadena neumanni complex. See Reyes-Velasco, Goutte, Freilich, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys,  1070: 135–149, for additional systematics discussion. 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. Lyra, Kirchhof, Goutte, Kassie Teme, and Boissinot, 2023, Frontiers in Genetics, 14(1215715): 1–14, reported on the diversification and biogeography on the Ethiopian highlands, provided a dot map, and considered the species to be in the Ptychadena neumanni clade. 

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