Ptychadena erlangeri (Ahl, 1924)

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

Rana erlangeri Ahl, 1924, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 11: 5. Holotype: ZMB 26887, according to XXX. Type locality: "Abaja See" (= Lake Abaya), Ethiopia. 

Ptychadena erlangeriPerret, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 13: 151–168; Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 56; by implication.

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

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

Ptychadena largeni Perret, 1994, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 117: 67. Holotype: MHNG 2513.31, by original designation. Type locality: "Addis Ababa, Shewa (Shoa) 09° 02 N 38° 45 E, alt. 2500 m", Ethiopia. Synonymy with Ptychadena neumanni by Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 340; with Ptychadena erlangeri by Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, Freilich, Kassie, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys, 1016: 99.

English Names

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

Erlanger's Grass Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 187).


Ethiopia, in  the highlands on both sides of the Rift Valley, 2387–3394 m elevation.


Redescribed and discussed by Perret, 1980, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 13: 151–168., who resurrected it from the synonymy of Ptychadena floweri where it had been placed by Loveridge, 1936, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 79: 372. Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 339, commented on distribution and habitat. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 631. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 187–188. Freilich, Anadón, Bukala, Calderon, Chakraborty, and Boissinot, 2016, BMC Evol. Biol., 16 (206): 1–19, reported on the molecular phylogeography from both sides of the Great Rift in montane Ethiopia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 342–343, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See Goutte, Reyes-Velasco, Freilich, Kassie, and Boissinot, 2021, ZooKeys, 1016: 77–141, for detailed account, phylogenetic placement, morphometrics, advertisement call, habitat, and placement in their Ptychadena erlangeri group of the Ptychadena neumanni complex.    

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