Amnirana Dubois, 1992

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amnirana
11 species

Amnirana Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324. Type species: Rana amnicola Perret, 1977, by original designation. Proposed originally as a subgenus of Rana.

AmniranaChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 266; Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 186. Treatment as a genus. 

English Names

White-lipped Frogs (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 255).


Subsaharan Africa south to Namibia and Zimbabwe. 

Geographics occurrence

Natural resident: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Congo, Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe


Removed from the synonymy of Hylarana by Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 186, where it had been placed by Che, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 3. See comment under Hylarana for access to relevant revisionary literature. Amnirana was previous recognized as a genus by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 266. Synonymies of African species of "Hylarana" (now Amnirana) provided by Perret, 1977, Rev. Suisse Zool., 84: 842-844. Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 201-232, provided a key to the species of West Africa (as Amnirana). Jongsma, Barej, Barratt, Burger, Conradie, Ernst, Greenbaum, Hirschfeld, Leaché, Penner, Portik, Zassi-Boulou, Rödel, and Blackburn, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 120: 274–285, reported on molecular phylogenetics and biogeography in sub-Saharan Africa. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 386–395, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species. Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 423, found their exemplars of Amnirana (Amnirana galamensis, Amnirana albolabris, and Amnirana lepus) to form a monophyletic group. However, due to the general poor resolution of hylaranine genera, these authors placed Amnirana into the synonymy of Hylarana

Contained taxa (11 sp.):

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