Strongylopus fuelleborni (Nieden, 1911)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Cacosterninae > Genus: Strongylopus > Species: Strongylopus fuelleborni

Rana fülleborni Nieden, 1911 "1910", Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1910: 436. Holotype: ZMB. Type locality: "Kratersee des Ngosi-Vulkans, (Wentzel-Heckmannsee) 2700 m hoch nördlich von Langengesammelt und zu Ehren desselben benannt", Poroto Mountains, Tanzania.

Rana (Ptychadena) fuelleborniDe Witte, 1921, Rev. Zool. Afr., 9: 7.

Rana fasciata fülleborniLoveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 373.

Rana fasciata fuelleborniPoynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 203.

Strongylopus fasciatus fuelleborniVan Dijk, 1977, Zool. Afr., 12: 178; Channing, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 334.

Stronglylopus fuelleborniChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 353.

English Names

Long-toed Grass Frog (Stronglylopus fuelleborni: Stewart and Wilson, 1966, Ann. Natal Mus., 18: 299).

Fülleborn's Stream Frog (Stronglylopus fuelleborni: Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 353).


Mountains of Tanzania (Mount Meru, Mount Kilimanjaro, West Usambaras, Ulugurus, Rubehos, Udzungwas, Southern Highlands (including Mount Rungwe), and Ufipa Plateau), Malawi (Misuku Hills, Nyika Plateau, Zomba Plateau, Shire Highlands and Mount Mulanje), and northeastern Zambia (Nyika Plateau), 1500-3000 m elevation; possibly in adjacent Kenya.


Removed from the synonymy of Rana merumontana Lönnberg, 1910, by Poynton, 2004, Afr. J. Herpetol., 53: 29-34, where it had been placed by Loveridge, 1933, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 74: 356 (as Rana fasciata merumontana) and Channing and Davenport, 2002, Afr. J. Herpetol., 51: 140. See account by Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 92-94. See account by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 354-355, who removed it from the synonymy of Strongylopus grayii where it had been placed by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 346. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 350–352, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 282–283, provided a brief account and photograph. 

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