Sechellophryne gardineri (Boulenger, 1911)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Sooglossidae > Genus: Sechellophryne > Species: Sechellophryne gardineri

Nectophryne gardineri Boulenger, 1911, Trans. Linn. Soc. London, Ser. 2, 14: 377. Syntypes: BMNH 1910.3.18.73–79, by museum records; BMNH 1910.3.18.77 designated lectotype by Gerlach and Willi, 2002, Amphibia-Reptilia, 23: 448. Type locality: "Mahé: Morne Pilot, 2700 ft." and "Silhouette: highest jungle", Seychelles. Restricted to "Silhouette: highest jungle", Seychelles, by lectotype designation.

Sooglossus gardineriNoble, 1926, Am. Mus. Novit., 212: 12.

Sechellophryne gardineriNussbaum and Wu, 2007, Zool. Stud., Taipei, 46: 327.

Leptosooglossus gardinerivan der Meijden, Boistel, Gerlach, Ohler, Vences, and Meyer, 2007, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 91: 355.

English Names

Gardiner's Seychelles Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 136; Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 114).


Mahé and Silhouette Islands, 200–900 m elevation, Seychelles, Indian Ocean.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Seychelles

Endemic: Seychelles


See account by Gerlach and Willi, 2002, Amphibia-Reptilia, 23: 447–451. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status (as Sooglossus thomasseti) in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 542. Pawlowski and Krämer, 2009, Sauria, Berlin, 31: 29–39, reported on population variation, life history, and habitat preferences. Gerlach, 2015, Phelsuma, 23: 6–18, reported on advertisement call. Labisko, Griffiths, Chong-Seng, Bunbury, Maddock, Bradfield, Taylor, and Groombridge, 2019, Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 126: 417–435, regarded the Mahé and Silhouette Island as genetically differentiated candidate species. 

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