Nothophryne Poynton, 1963

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Nothophryne
5 species

Nothophryne Poynton, 1963, Ann. Natal Mus., 15: 324. Type species: Nothophryne broadleyi Poynton, 1963, by original designation.

English Names

Broadley's Mountain Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 102).

Mongrel Frogs (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 116).


Southern Malawi and northern Mozambique


See Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 173-174, for an account of the single species. Bittencourt-Silva, Conradie, Siu-Ting, Tolley, Channing, Cunningham, Farooq, Menegon, and Loader, 2016, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol.: 89–102, reported on the phylogenetic position of the genus, close to Tomopterna, and noted several cryptic species. Conradie, Bittencourt-Silva, Farooq, Loader, Menegon, and Tolley, 2018, Afr. J. Herpetol., 67 ( 1–25, revised the genus and provided a molecular estimate of the phylogeny of the species. Portik, Streicher, and Wiens, 2023, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 188 (107907): 66, suggested that recognition of this genus renders Tomopterna non-monophyletic but did not take the taxonomic remedy. 

Contained taxa (5 sp.):

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