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Leptopelis kivuensis
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2007 Robert C. Drewes (1 of 8)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Near Threatened (NT)
See IUCN account.
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

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Description
A rather small Leptopelis (males 33-36 mm) from forests at high altitudes in eastern R. D. Congo and western Uganda, with reduced webbing and a small tympanum. Dorsum brown with a darker irregular pattern. The males have a white gular sac.
In the mountains of south-western Uganda and adjacent R. D. Congo there are two species of Leptopelis, apparently inseparable in the preserved state. One is a forest form, the other lives in montane grassland. One has a white gular sac, the other a blue. I have used the name L. kivuensis for the forest form with a white gular sac and L. karissimbensis for the grassland form with a blue gular sac. In this I believe I follow Laurent, except that he notes that L. kivuensis has a blue gular sac!

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Uganda

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Montane forest from eastern R. D. Congo and south-western Uganda.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a single or double clack. A male was heard uttering 3-4 very quiet clacks in rapid succession.

Comments
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.

References
 

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.



Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-02-07
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)



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