Ptychadena mapacha Channing, 1993

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

Ptychadena mapacha Channing, 1993, S. Afr. J. Zool., 28: 142. Holotype: SM, Windhoek, SMW 26145, by original designation. Type locality: "Mapacha (Mpacha), in the eastern Caprivi, Namibia, 17° 38′ S/ 24° 10′ E".

English Names

Mapach Ridged Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 328).

Mapach Grass Frog (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 310).

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


Known from the type locality (eastern Caprivi, Namibia) and from 3 km E Vicota (18°12'S 20°15'E), Runda District of the Kavango-East Region, Namibia; Mayukuyuku, northwestern Zambia; presumably in adjacent Angola (see comment) and Botswana, possibly to western Zimbabwe.


Most similar to Ptychadena schillukorum according to the original publication, where comparative morphology and the advertisement call were detailed. See accounts by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 328, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 310-311. Ceríaco, Bauer, Heinicke, and Blackburn, 2016, Afr. Herp News, 63: 19–20, provided a record from Omaramba Omatako, 3 km N of Vicota (18° 12’ S; 20° 15’ E) in the Rundu District of the Kavango-East Region, Namibia. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 257, noted specimens from southwestern Zambia, suggesting the species' likely range into southeastern Angola. See Bittencourt-Silva, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (2: e181): 11, for comment on population in western Zambia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 336–337, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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