| Arthroleptis troglodytes Poynton, 1963|
Becker & Hopkins, 2017
The cave squeaker Arthroleptis troglodytes Poynton, 1963 was first collected in 1961/62, and not observed again for 54 years despite several attempts to locate it. We rediscovered this species near the type locality in the Chimanimani mountain range in eastern Zimbabwe. We describe for the first time the call and colour in life, and highlight several morphological and habitat features not previously recorded for this species.
Keywords: amphibian, Arthroleptis, high altitude, Possibly Extinct, taxonomy, Zimbabwe
|Adult male Arthroleptis troglodytes.|
Francois S. Becker and Robert W. Hopkins. 2017. The Rediscovery of A Lost Frog: Arthroleptis troglodytes Poynton, 1963. African Zoology. 52(3); 183-187. DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2017.1370982
After 54 years in hiding, 'extinct' frog rediscovered in Zimbabwe earthtouchnews.com/conservation/endangered/after-54-years-in-hiding-extinct-frog-rediscovered-in-zimbabwe/
Rare 'cave squeaker' frog seen in Zimbabwe for first time in 55 years theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/05/return-of-zimbabwes-cave-squeaker-as-rare-frog-found-fifty-years-on