Leptopelis brevirostris
family: Arthroleptidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


A rather large forest Leptopelis (males 38-45 mm, females 49-64 mm). Snout very brief, tympanum placed obliquely so it is visible from above. Dorsum smooth, green, beige or grey, uniform or with darker dorsal spot reaching the upper eyelid. Ventrum white. Webbing of hand and foot as L. boulengeri.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Nigeria

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A forest species from Cameroun, but probably also found in Nigeria just west of River Niger since a voice recorded by me in 1965 (Schiøtz 1967 fig. 43, as L. sp.) seems to belong to this species.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
In certain places males gather in fairly large numbers to call. The areas of the forest where these gatherings take place do not seem to differ from other, similar sites where the frogs are absent. Pools and puddles are consistently lacking at these sites, and since the eggs are very large (0.5 mm) and full of yolk it seems likely that L. brevirostris has forgone the free-swimming tadpole stage of development.

The males call from branches or lianas, sometimes a leaf, normally not higher than 3 metres above the ground and apparently far from water. The voice is a rather tonal, brief "tok", repeated once or twice, sometimes three times in succession. A longer call is emitted more rarely. It is a long succession of quiet figures, followed by a normal clack.

Leptopelis brevirostris is apparently exclusively a snail-eater.

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


Schiøtz, A. (1967). ''The treefrogs (Rhacophoridae) of West Africa.'' Spolia Zoologica Musei Hauniensis, 25, 1-346.

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

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

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