Ptychadena chrysogaster Laurent, 1954

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

Ptychadena chrysogaster Laurent, 1954, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 34: 18. Holotype: MRAC unnumbered, according to the original publication; given as MRAC 109096 by Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 12. Type locality: "Lac Karago, 2. 250 m, Terr. de Kisenyi, Ruanda".

Rana (Ptychadena) chrysogasterGuibé and Lamotte, 1955, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, Ser. 2, 27: 357–362. Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233; by implication.

Ptychadena chrysogasterDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56, by implication.

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

English Names

Yellow-bellied Ridged Frog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 303).

Golden-bellied Rocket Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 303 [alternative name]).

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

Yellow-bellied Grass Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 338).


Kivu (eastern Dem. Rep. Congo), Rwanda, Burundi, and southwestern Uganda, and southwestern Kenya; isolated record for Schaller's Spring, Serengeti, Tanzania.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda


Dem. Rep. Congo population reviewed by Schmidt and Inger, 1959, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 56: 65–68. Southeastern material discussed by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 134–135, and Stewart, 1967, Amph. Malawi: 83–85. Drewes and Vindum, 1994, J. Afr. Zool., 108: 66, provided the Uganda record. Records from Angola and Mozambique refer to Ptychadena guibei (formerly Ptychadena chrysogaster guibei). Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 303–304, provided an account. Pickersgill, 2008, Zootaxa, 1820: 67–68, noted a misidentification in Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 146–147. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 338–339, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kako-Wanzalire, Mongo, Ilonga, Mapoli, Mbumba, Neema, Tungaluna, Itoka, and Bogaert, 2021, Tropicultura, 39 (1: 1709): 1–19, briefly discussed habitat preference in northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo. Dehling, Mindje, and Sinsch, 2023, Salamandra, 59: 42–50, reported on the range in Rwanda, the morphological diagnosis, and call characteristics. Dehling and Sinsch, 2023, Diversity, 15 (512): 1–81, discussed the range, identification, natural history, advertisement call, and conservation status in Rwanda.

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