Phrynobatrachus latifrons Ahl, 1924

Ayoro, Halamoussa Joëlle, Segniagbeto, Gabriel Hoinsoudé, Hema, Emmanuel Midibahaye, Penner, Johannes, Oueda, Adama, Dubois, Alain, Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Kabré, Gustave Boureima & Ohler, Annemarie, 2020, List of amphibian species (Vertebrata, Tetrapoda) of Burkina Faso, Zoosystema 42 (28), pp. 547-582: 564-565

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http://doi.org/ 10.5252/zoosystema2020v42a28

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http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4337108

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Phrynobatrachus latifrons Ahl, 1924
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Phrynobatrachus latifrons Ahl, 1924  

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COLLECTION MATERIAL. — Burkina Faso   1♂ ( SVL 16.3 mm); Comoé province , Dérégoué; 10.75011°N, – 4.07934°W; 320 m a.s.l.; II.1983; J. Heath leg.; ZFMK 93966 View Materials GoogleMaps   .

FIELD MATERIAL. — Burkina Faso   1 ♂ ( SVL 16.5 mm); Pabré dam; 12.51159°N, – 1.58833°W; 290 m a.s.l.; 10.VII.2017; H. J. Ayoro & A. Ohler leg.; in an irrigation ditch; hand capture GoogleMaps   6 ♂ ( SVL 16.1-19.5 mm); Koubri , downstream from Nabazana dam; 12.20319°N, – 1.35105°W; 280 m a.s.l.; 17.VII.2017; same collectors as for preceding; under a heap of dry grasses near paddy field; hand capture GoogleMaps   2♂ ( SVL 17.8-18.8 mm); Deux Balés National Park , the edge of Ouahabou bouli; 11.60765°N, – 3.06033°W; 260 m a.s.l.; 8.XI.2017; H. J. Ayoro leg.; around water body; hand capture GoogleMaps   2 ♂ ( SVL 19.5-20.3 mm); Deux Balés National Park , the edge of Kohéna pond; 11.67665°N, – 2.83611°W; 275 m a.s.l.; 9.XI.2017; same collector as for preceding; on the mud around water body; hand capture GoogleMaps   1 subadult ( SVL 13.4 mm); W National Park, the bank of Mékrou River (close to the Beninese border, near the Point Triple Residence); 11.89991°N, 2.40265°E; 240 m a.s.l.; 4.II.2017; same collector as for preceding; under a stone near water body, hand capture GoogleMaps   6 ♂ ( SVL 16.9-18.1 mm), 7♀ ( SVL 19.0- 22.2 mm); Arly National Park , the edge of Bouliabou pond; 11.57892°N, 1.46388°E; 170 m a.s.l.; 11. VI.2018; same collector as for preceding; around water body; hand capture GoogleMaps   2 ♂ ( SVL 17.9-22.1 mm), 1 ♀ ( SVL 22.2 mm); the bank of Arly River , 500 m north-east of the central forest post office; 11.57845°N, 1.46146°E; 170 m a.s.l.; 12. VI.2018; same collector as for preceding; under dead wood; hand capture GoogleMaps   2 ♂ ( SVL 17.6-17.8 mm), 3 ♀ ( SVL 19.0-21.0 mm); the bank of Arly River ; 1 km west of the central forest post office; 11.57048°N, 1.45218°E; 160 m a.s.l.; 15. VI.2018; same collector as for preceding; near water body; hand capture GoogleMaps   1 ♂ ( SVL 18.8 mm), 2 ♀ ( SVL 18.1-21.9 mm); the floodplain, 500 m north of Bouliabou pond; 11.57852°N, 1.46004°E; 255 m a.s.l.; 16. VI.2018; same collector as for preceding; near water body; hand capture GoogleMaps   1 ♀ ( SVL 23.3 mm); Comoé-Léraba Forest , Baboro swampy valley; 9.92509°N, – 4.57577°W; 240 m a.s.l.; 4.VIII.2018; H. J. Ayoro & A. Ohler leg.; in open space; hand capture GoogleMaps   1 ♂ ( SVL 18.7 mm); the flooded area of Comoé River ; 9.93239°N, – 4.60655°W; 220 m a.s.l.; 5.VIII.2018; same collectors as for preceding; on a shrub; hand capture GoogleMaps   .

DESCRIPTION. — 39 specimens examined. Voucher specimens morphologically similar to frogs described by Rödel (2000). Similar to P. francisci   but the warts on the neck often less distinct in P. latifrons   . Breeding males with a completely smooth skin ( Fig. 5F View FIG ), ( Rödel 2000). A yellow vocal sac in males (black in P. francisci   ) and a more pronounced black lateral bands distinguishing P. latifrons   from P. francisci   .

HABITAT. — This species was found on mud under dead wood and rocks at the edge of ponds in the dry season ( Fig. 2A, B View FIG ). During the rainy season, the species always lives close to water and we collected them on submerged grasses, under shrubs on the edge of little water bodies. Phrynobatrachus latifrons   lives in tree and open savannahs, farm bush and agricultural areas. It avoids closed primary rainforest, but may be found in degraded rainforest ( Rödel 2000; Kpan et al. 2014; Onadeko 2016; Rödel & Glos 2019).

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Mykotektet, National Veterinary Institute