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1 December 2002 A New Phrynobatrachus from the Upper Guinean Rain Forest, West Africa, Including a Description of a New Reproductive Mode for the Genus
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We describe a new species of Phrynobatrachus from the Western part of the Upper Guinean rain forest, West Africa. Phrynobatrachus phyllophilus sp. nov. differs from all other known West African Phrynobatrachus by a combination of morphological and acoustical characters. It is most similar to Phrynobatrachus guineensis from which P. phyllophilus is distinguished by its almost white belly, presence of only one dark bar on femur and tibia, shape of the thumb in reproductive males, advertisement call, reproductive mode, and selection of different forest types. Phrynobatrachus phyllophilus is the first known species of the genus that deposits small clutches of eggs rich in yolk on leaves, in close vicinity to extremely small puddles on the forest floor. Its preferred habitats are swampy areas of primary rain forest. We also describe the tadpole of P. phyllophilus and the advertisement call of P. guineensis.

Mark-Oliver Rödel and Raffael Ernst "A New Phrynobatrachus from the Upper Guinean Rain Forest, West Africa, Including a Description of a New Reproductive Mode for the Genus," Journal of Herpetology 36(4), 561-571, (1 December 2002). https://doi.org/10.1670/0022-1511(2002)036[0561:ANPFTU]2.0.CO;2
Accepted: 1 January 2002; Published: 1 December 2002
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