A medium-sized Leptopelis (males 32-45 mm, females 43-52 mm) from the eastern savannas. No pectoral glands in males. Webbing reduced, discs large, tympanum small. Dorsum light brown, with a darker brown pattern consisting of more or less isolated spots forming an interorbital bar or triangle with the apex pointing backwards and a reversed Y on the dorsum. A broad, rather diffuse, light line on femur, above anus and on outer surfaces of tarsus and feet.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Common in areas of forest-savanna mosaic and along forested streams through savanna, frequently sympatric with L. flavomaculatus. Extreme eastern Zimbabwe, southern Malawi and Mozambique north of the Save River.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males usually call from small trees at a height of between one and two metres. It appears the voice was not recorded, but was verbally described to me by Broadley and Stevens as a clack and a scream, and is similar to the other "savanna screamers".
This form was described by me in 1975 as Leptopelis argenteus meridionalis, but unfortunately Laurent had used the name meridionalis for a subspecies of Leptopelis calcaratus just prior to my publication, so according to the nomenclatural rules, the name was preoccupied and my frog had to be renamed. Poynton called it L. broadleyi.
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main. Updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.
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 (2008-09-30)
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