Strongylopus rhodesianus (Hewitt, 1933)

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

Rana grayi rhodesiana Hewitt, 1933, Occas. Pap. Natl. Mus. S. Rhodesia, 6: 12. Syntypes: NMB (2 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Chirinda Forest, Rhodesia [= Zimbabwe]".

Strongylopus grayii rhodesianusVan Dijk, 1966, Ann. Natal Mus., 18: 259; Channing, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 334.

Strongylopus rhodesianusChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 359.

English Names

Hewitt's Long-toed Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 96).

Chimanimani Stream Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 359; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 426).


Eastern highlands of Zimbabwe and adjacent Mozambique 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Mozambique, Zimbabwe


See Poynton and Broadley, 1985, Ann. Natal Mus., 27: 136-137, who suggested that the features of Rana grayii rhodesiana were due either to introgression with Rana fasciata, or a close relationship to it. See accounts by Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 98-100, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 359, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 426. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 515. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 353–354, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 362–363, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Channing, Schmitz, Zancolli, Conradie, and Rödel, 2022, Rev. Suisse Zool., 129: 243–281,  reported on the molecular phylogenetics, systematics, amorphology, and distribution. 

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