Amnirana lepus (Andersson, 1903)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Ranidae > Genus: Amnirana > Species: Amnirana lepus

Chiromantis lepus Andersson, 1903, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 53: 142. Holotype: NHRM. Type locality: "Kamerun".

Rana zenkeri Nieden, 1908, Mitt. Zool. Mus. Berlin, 3: 497. Syntypes: ZMB (9 specimens), by original designation. Type localities: "Bipindi" and "Lolodorf bei Bipindi", Cameroon. Synonymy by Perret, 1959, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 82: 252, and Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 348.

Hylorana zenkeriDeckert, 1938, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1938: 144.

Rana (Hylarana) zenkeriPerret and Mertens, 1957, Bull. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, Ser. A, 19: 566.

Rana (Hylorana) zenkeriGuibé and Lamotte, 1958, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 53: 250.

Hylarana lepus lepusPerret, 1959, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 82: 252; Perret, 1977, Rev. Suisse Zool., 84: 853-855.

Rana lepusPerret, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 499.

Rana (Hylarana) lepusDubois, 1987 "1986", Alytes, 5: 42, by implication.

Rana (Amnirana) lepusDubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324.

Amnirana lepusChanning, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 266, by implication; Fei, Ye, and Jiang, 2010, Herpetol. Sinica, 12: 33; Oliver, Prendini, Kraus, and Raxworthy, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 90: 187. 

Hydrophylax lepusFrost, 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: 368.

Hylarana lepusChe, Pang, Zhao, Wu, Zhao, and Zhang, 2007, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 43: 1-13, by implication; Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 423.

English Names

Andersson's Cameroon Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 108).

Jumping White-lipped Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 394).


Cameroon through Gabon and Equatorial Guinea through the Central African Republic to northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo and northern Angola. 


In the Rana (Amnirana) albolabris group of Dubois, 1992, Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Lyon, 61: 324. See comment under Rana occidentalis. Frétey and Blanc, 2002 "2001", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 385, reported this species from Gabon. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21-34, provided notes (as Amnirana lepus) on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 366, provided information on comparative larval morphology. See range map by Jongsma, Barej, Barratt, Burger, Conradie, Ernst, Greenbaum, Hirschfeld, Leaché, Penner, Portik, Zassi-Boulou, Rödel, and Blackburn, 2018, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 120: 275. Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 16, provided records for southeastern Gabon and briefly discussed habitat and range. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 160–161, provided a map for Angola and brief discussion of the literature. Dewynter, Chirio, Melki, Cordier, and Frétey, 2017, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 11: 6, provided a brief account and photographs of this species from the Mount Koumouna-Bouali area of Gabon. Dewynter, Frétey, Jongsma, Bamba-Kaya, and Pauwels, 2018, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 18: 17, provided a brief account and photographs from the Monts Birougou area of Gabon. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 41, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 66). Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 394–395, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See brief account, photographs, and range map for Equatorial Guinea in Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 137–230. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 256, noted the presence in Uigé Province, northwestern Angola. Badjedjea, Masudi, Akaibe, and Gvoždík, 2022, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 16 (1: e301): 62, commented on a population from the Kokolopori Bonobo Nature Reserve, Tshuapa Province, Dem. Rep. Congo.     

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