Aubria Boulenger, 1917

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Pyxicephalidae > Subfamily: Pyxicephalinae > Genus: Aubria
2 species

Aubria Boulenger, 1917, C. R. Hebd. Séances Acad. Sci., Paris, 165: 988. Type species: Rana subsigillata Duméril, 1856, by monotypy. Named coined as a subgenus of Rana.

AubriaLaurent, 1953, Bull. Cercle Zool. Congolais, 21: 27. Elevation in rank to genus.

AubryaSchiøtz, 1964, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 127: 6. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

English Names

Ball Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 98).

Fishing Frogs (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 284).


Rainforests of Guinea to Dem. Rep. Congo.


Prior to the revision of 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, placed at one time in subfamily Raninae, tribe Pyxicephalini by Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 66, and subsequently in subfamily Pyxicephalinae by Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 317. The sister-taxon of Pyxicephalus according to Clarke, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 285–331; regarded as a subgenus of Rana by Dubois, 1981, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 15: 225–284, and subsequently Dubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 66, and Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 317) regarded it as a genus. Most recently revised by Perret, 1995 "1994", Tropical Zool., 7: 255–269, and Ohler, 1996, Alytes, 13: 141–166. See comment under Pyxicephalus. Rödel, Gil, Agyei, Leaché, Diaz, Fujita, and Ernst, 2005, Salamandra, 41: 111–112, summarized the confusing taxonomic history of the species. Pyron and Wiens, 2011, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 61: 543–583, confirmed the monophyly of Pyxicephalinae and the sister-taxon relationship of Aubria and PyxicephalusChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 329–331, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 352–353, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species.

Contained taxa (2 sp.):

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