Ptychadena cooperi (Parker, 1930)

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

Rana (Ptychaedena) cooperi Parker, 1930, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1930: 3. Holotype: BMNH 1927.7.5.15, by original designation; now renumbered 1947.2.1.6 by museum records. Type locality: "Wouramboulchi, Ethiopia".

Rana (Ptychadena) cooperiDubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 233, by implication.

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

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

English Names

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

Dark-bellied Grass Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 180–181).

Cooper's Grass Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 342).


Ethiopian Plateau on both sides of the Rift in grassland and forest-edge at 2500–3100 m elevation.


See Perret, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 13: 167. Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 336–337, discussed distribution. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 179–181. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 342–343, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Freilich, Anadón, Bukala, Calderon, Chakraborty, and Boissinot, 2016, BMC Evol. Biol., 16 (206): 1–19, reported on the molecular biogeography. See Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, Freilich, Kassie Teme, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys, 1016: 77–141, and Reyes-Velasco, Goutte, Freilich, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys,  1070: 135–149, for detailed accounts, phylogenetic placement, morphometrics, advertisement call, habitat, and placement in their Ptychadena neumanni group of the Ptychadena neumanni complex. 

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