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Amphibia - Kakamega Forest

In total, 24 amphibian species are known from Kakamega Forest, Western Kenya. They belong to the families Bufonidae (2 spp.), Dicroglossidae (1 sp.), Arthroleptidae (2 spp.), Hyperoliidae (8 spp.), Ranidae (1 sp.), Pipidae (1 sp.), Phrynobatrachidae (3 spp.), Pyxicephalidae (1 sp.), and Ptychadenidae (5 spp.).
During the BIOTA project, one frog species (Leptopelis mackay Köhler et al. 2006) was new described. The species is endemic to Kakamega Forest and its vicinities. Two species represent new records for Kakamega Forest.

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 24 Entries  


 (please check one or more of the entries listed below to see the details)
    Family Scientific name Common name Swahili name Diet Activity Distribution
1   Arthroleptidae Leptopelis bocagii (Günther, 1865) Savannah Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa Nyikani - insects
- opportunistic
unknown East- to South Africa
2   Arthroleptidae Leptopelis mackayi Köhler et al., 2006 Kakamega Forest Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa Msitu wa Kakamega - opportunistic night active Kenya
3   Bufonidae Amietophrynus (Bufo) maculatus (Hallowell, 1854) Spotted Toad Chura wa madoadoa - insects
- opportunistic
night active West- to East Africa
4 2 Bufonidae Amietophrynus (Bufo) kisoloensis (Loveridge, 1932) Kisolo Toad Chura wa Kisolo - insects
- opportunistic
night active East Africa
5 2 Dicroglossidae Hoplobatrachus occipitalis (Günther, 1858) Eastern Groove-Crowned Bullfrog Chura Ndume wa Mashariki na mwenye Taji - amphibians
- insects
- gastropods
- opportunistic
variable, diurnal West- to East Africa
East- to South Africa
6   Hyperoliidae Afrixalus quadrivittatus (Werner, 1908) Four-lined Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa mistari minne - insects
- opportunistic
night active East Africa
7 1 Hyperoliidae Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris sensu lato Bocage, 1866 Cinnamon Tree Frog Chura wa Mdalasini - insects
- opportunistic
night active central to eastern Africa
8   Hyperoliidae Hyperolius lateralis Laurent, 1940 Side-striped Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa milia upande - insects
- opportunistic
night active central to eastern Africa
9 1 Hyperoliidae Kassina senegalensis (Duméril & Bibron, 1841) Senegal Kassina Kassina wa Senegal - insects
- opportunistic
night active Sub-Saharan Africa
10 2 Hyperoliidae Afrixalus osorioi (Ferreira, 1906) Forest Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa Msitu - insects
- opportunistic
night active East- to South Africa
11   Hyperoliidae Hyperolius acuticeps Ahl, 1931 Sharp-nosed Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa Pua Ncha Kali - insects
- opportunistic
night active Sub-Saharan Africa
12   Hyperoliidae Hyperolius kivuensis Ahl, 1931 Kivu Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa Kivu - insects
- opportunistic
night active East- to South Africa
13 2 Hyperoliidae Hyperolius viridiflavus (Duméril & Bibron, 1841) Common Tree Frog Chura wa Mti wa Kawaida - insects
- opportunistic
night active East Africa
14   Phrynobatrachidae Phrynobatrachus scheffleri Nieden, 1911 Dwarf Puddle Frog Chura Mbilikimo wa Kidimbwi - insects
- opportunistic
night active East Africa
15   Phrynobatrachidae Phrynobatrachus kakamikro Dwarf Puddle Frog Chura Mbilikimo wa Kidimbwi - insects
- opportunistic
night active East Africa
16   Phrynobatrachidae Phrynobatrachus natalensis (Smith, 1849) Natal Puddle Frog Chura Kidimbwi wa Natal - insects
- opportunistic
night active
variable, diurnal
Sub-Saharan Africa
17   Pipidae Xenopus victorianus Ahl, 1924 Lake Victoria Clawed Frog Chura Gando wa Ziwa Victoria - amphibians
- insects
- gastropods
- opportunistic
variable, diurnal East Africa
18   Ptychadenidae Ptychadena porosissima (Steindachner, 1867) Grass Land Ridged Frog Chura Kigongo wa Majani - insects
- opportunistic
night active
variable, diurnal
East- to South Africa
19   Ptychadenidae Ptychadena anchietae (Bocage, 1867) Anchieta’s Ridged Frog Chura Kigongo wa Anchieta - insects
- opportunistic
night active
variable, diurnal
East- to South Africa
20 1 Ptychadenidae Ptychadena oxyrhynchus (Smith, 1849) Sharp-nosed Ridged Frog Chura Kigongo mwenye Pua Ncha Kali - insects
- opportunistic
night active
variable, diurnal
Sub-Saharan Africa
21   Ptychadenidae Ptychadena taenioscelis Laurent, 1954 Small Ridged Frog Chura Kijigongo - insects
- opportunistic
night active
variable, diurnal
East- to South Africa
22 1 Ptychadenidae Ptychadena sp. (cf. mascareniensis Duméril & Bibron, 1841) Mascarene Ridged Frog Chura Kigongo wa Maskarini - insects
- opportunistic
night active
variable, diurnal
East Africa
23   Pyxicephalidae Amietia angolensis (Bocage, 1866) Angola River Frog Chura Mto wa Angola - insects
- opportunistic
variable, diurnal East- to South Africa
24   Ranidae Hylarana (Hydrophylax) albolabris (Hallowell, 1856) White-lipped True Frog Chura Halisi Mdomo Mweupe - insects
- opportunistic
night active West- to East Africa
 (please check one or more of the entries listed above to see the details)


Literature sources:
  1. Frost, D. (2008). Amphibian Species of the World 5.3, an Online Reference. (Weblink)
  2. Köhler, J.; Scheelke, K.; Schick, S.; Veith, M.; Lötters, S. (2005). Contribution to the taxonomy of hyperoliid frogs (Amphibia: Anura: Hyperoliidae): advertisement calls of twelve species from East and Central Africa. African Zoology, 40(1): 127-142.
  3. Köhler, J.; Bwong, B.; Schick, S.; Veith, M. & Lötters, S. (2006). A new species of arboreal Leptopelis (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from the forests of western Kenya. Herpetological Journal, 16: 183-189.
  4. Lötters, S.; Rotich, D.; Koester, T.E.; Kosuch, J.; Muchai, V.; Scheelke, K.; Schick, S.; Teege, P.; Wasonga, V.D.; Veith, M. (2006). What do we know about the amphibians from the Kenyan central and western high-lands? A faunistic and taxonomic review. Salamandra, 42: 165-179.
  5. Lötters, S.; Wagner, P.; Bwong, B. A.; Schick, S.; Malonza, K. P.; Muchai, V.; Wasonga, D. V.; Veith, M. (2007). A fieldguide to the amphibians and reptiles of the Kakamega Forest / Amfibia na reptilia wanaopatikana msitu wa Kakamega. National Museums of Kenya and University of Mainz, Nairobi and Mainz, 112 pp. ISBN 978-3-00-021841-5
  6. Schick, S.; Zimkus, B.M.; Channing, A.; Köhler, J.; Lötters, S. (2010). Systematics of 'Little Brown Frogs' from East Africa: recognition of Phrynobatrachus scheffleri and description of a new species from the Kakamega Forest, Kenya (Amphibia: Phrynobatrachidae). Salamandra, 46(1): 24-36.
  7. Wagner, P. & Böhme, W. (2007). Herpetofauna Kakamegensis - The amphibians and reptiles of Kakamega Forest, western Kenya. Bonner zoologische Beiträge, 55(2): 123-150.
Contact:
E-Mail to Philipp Wagner: philipp.wagner.zfmk@uni-bonn.de
E-Mail to Dr. Stefan Lötters: loetters@uni-trier.de