Amietia chapini (Noble, 1924)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Amietia > Species: Amietia chapini

Rana chapini Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 214. Holotype: AMNH 11260, by original designation. Type locality: "1° N., 26° 40′ E. . . . . Batama", northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo.

Rana (Rana) chapini — De Witte, 1930, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 19: 258.

Rana fuscigula chapini — Loveridge, 1933, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 74: 361.

Rana angolensis chapini — Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 90.

Rana amieti Laurent, 1976, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 90: 528. Holotype: MRAC 75.43.B.1, by original designation. Type locality: "Lubile, 700 m, terr. de Panigi, Maniema [Forest], Zaïre". Provisional synonymy by Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 21. 

Rana (Rana) amieti — Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42.

Rana (Afrana) amieti — Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 334.

Afrana amieti — Visser and Channing, 1997, J. Afr. Zool., 111: 192, by implication.

Amietia amieti — Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 366.

Amietia chapini — Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 21. Provisional arrangement. 

English Names

Chapin's River Frog (Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 21). 

Chapin's Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 250).

Pangi Territory Frog (Amietia amieti [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 106).


Seemingly in isolated populations from Northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo (Batama, Orientale Province), to east-central Dem. Rep. Congo (region of Lubile, Sud Kivu), and southwestern Dem. Rep. Congo (Tanganyika, Haut-Katanga, and Lualaba provinces between 600–1,500 m elevation) into northwestern Zambia (Hillwood Farm). 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Zambia


Removed from the synonymy of Amietia angolensis by Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 21, where it had been placed by Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 90 (and previously with Amietia fuscigula by De Witte, 1941, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 33: 41). That synonymy doubted byPoynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 132-134. See account by Channing, Dehling, Lötters, and Ernst, 2016, Zootaxa, 4155: 21–24. See comment under Amietia angolensis for access to older literature that may address this species under the older umbrella name. See Bittencourt-Silva, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (2: e181): 12, for comment on population in western Zambia and the first registry for the country. Mali, Banda, Chifundera, Badjedjea, Sebe, Lokasola, Ewango, Tungaluna, and Akaibe, 2019, Am. J. Zool., 2: 38–43, reported the species from the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 352–353, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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