Ptychadena bunoderma (Boulenger, 1907)

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

Rana bunoderma Boulenger, 1907, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 19: 214. Holotype: BMNH, by original designation; now numbered BMNH 1947.2.2.86 (formerly 1906.8.24.88), according to museum records. Type locality: "Caconda, [250 km inland from] Benguella", Angola.

Rana (Ptychadena) bunodermaDe Witte, 1921, Rev. Zool. Afr., 9: 7; Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233; by implication.

Ptychadena (Ptychadena) buneli Monard, 1937 "1936", Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 62: 55. Types: Presumably MHNG or LCHM. Type locality: "environs de Dala, sur le Tyihumbwé", Angola. Synonymy by Laurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 143.

Ptychadena bunodermaGuibé and Lamotte, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 942; Laurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 143; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56; by implication.

Ptychadena (Ptychadena) bunodermaDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 316.

English Names

Caconda Grassland Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 105).

Rough Ridged Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 323).

Rough Grass Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 336).


Central and northwestern Angola and northwestern Zambia.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Zambia


Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 152–153, provided a brief characterization, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 323–324, provided an account. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 131–132, provided a map for Angola and brief discussion of literature. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 336–337, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 255, noted the presence in Uigé Province, northwestern Angola. Conradie, Keates, Verburgt, Baptista, and Harvey, 2023, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 17: 42–43, provided an account and dot map of the species in Angola. 

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