Anhydrophryne Hewitt, 1919

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Anhydrophryne
3 species

Anhydrophryne Hewitt, 1919, Rec. Albany Mus., 3: 182. Type species: Anhydrophryne rattrayi Hewitt, 1919, by monotypy.

English Names

Hogsback Frogs (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 192).

Rattray's Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 97).

Chirping Frogs (Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 338).


Amatola Mountains and the eastern escarpment of Eastern Cape Province (East Griqualand) and KwaZulu-Natal, and midlands and lower escarpment slopes of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, Rep. South Africa.


Closely related to Arthroleptella according to Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 155-156, who provided an account. Dawood and Stam, 2006, S. Afr. J. Sci., 102: 249-253, discussed the phylogenetics of the group. Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 338-345, provided a key and accounts for southern Africa. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543-583, suggested that Anhydrophryne is the sister taxon of all remaining cacosternines. van der Meijden, Crottini, Tarrant, Turner, and Vences, 2011, Afr. J. Herpetol., 60: 1-12, employing somewhat more sequence (RAG-2), found Tomopterna to be outside of this group. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 362–365, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species.

Contained taxa (3 sp.):

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