Arthroleptis variabilis
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2009 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 5)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from Guinea to northern and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. In Cameroon it occurs in the south, not extending as far north as the Adamawa Plateau. It occurs on the island of Bioko in Equatorial Guinea. It occurs up to 1,200m asl in Cameroon.

Habitat and Ecology

It lives among leaf-litter in lowland and montane rainforest. Although it can live in secondary vegetation, it is found principally in primary rainforest, especially at the foot of mountains in Cameroon. It breeds by direct development and is not dependent on water.


This is the most common Arthroleptis species around Yaounde. Twenty can be seen on the forest floor in a single morning. It apparently attains its greatest abundance at 400-1,200m asl.

Population Trend


Major Threats

It is presumably declining because of forest loss.

Conservation Actions

It presumably occurs in a number of protected areas.

Taxonomic Notes

In West Africa, at least two species are included under this name, and West African animals are probably specifically distinct from those in Central Africa (M.-O. Rödel pers. comm.).


Mark-Oliver Rödel, Jean-Louis Amiet, Marius Burger 2004. Arthroleptis variabilis. In: IUCN 2014


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