Amnirana Dubois, 1992

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amnirana
10 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. 


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 (10 sp.):

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