Common name: Zaire Dwarf Clawed Frog
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Native Range: Hymenochirus boettgeri ranges widely through the equatorial forest zone of central Africa from southeastern Nigeria and Cameroon south through Gabon to Mayombe region of western Democratic Republic of Congo, and east to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (IUCN, 2014).
Hydrologic Unit Codes (HUCs) Explained
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Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Hymenochirus boettgeri are found here.
Table last updated 10/2/2023
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Pet release.
Status: Failed in Florida.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Hymenochirus boettgeri
. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. http://www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded on 22 July 2015.
King, W., and T. Krakauer. 1966. The exotic herpetofauna of southeast Florida. Quarterly Journal of the Florida Academy of Sciences 29(2): 144-154.
Revision Date: 8/13/2015
Powell, R.S., 2023, Hymenochirus boettgeri (Tornier, 1896): U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=66, Revision Date: 8/13/2015, Access Date: 10/3/2023
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