Leptopelis christyi
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)

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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 medium-sized Leptopelis (males 36-41 mm, females 55-62 mm) from forests at medium altitudes in the eastern part of Central Africa. The tympanum is large, about half the diameter of the eye. Dorsum often with a dark triangle with its angular apex pointing forward. A light, irregular lateral line is normally present. Males with pectoral glands. There may also be a green phase.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda

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I have only collected this form in dense forest localities. Laurent mentions that specimens in Parc Nat. des Virunga also occur in open forest and even in savanna, where other Leptopelis are absent. It is also recorded from Garamba N. P., (as L. flavomaculatus), a savanna park. Known from forests in Uganda and R. D. Congo, possibly extending westwards to Cameroun since Amiet has collected a form (his L. sp. 5) which may be this species.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a single, rather tonal clack. An analysis reveals it consists of a large number of harmonics about 400 cps. apart.

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, *
First submitted 2001-02-07
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-30)

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