Leptopelis fiziensis
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


A medium-sized Leptopelis (males 34-38 mm) from forests around Lake Tanganyika with a small tympanum, large digital discs and a greyish throat in males. Dorsum red-brown to brown with a darker pattern and tiny light specks. Ventrum greyish, femur reddish, iris golden.
Described by Laurent as a subspecies of L. modestus, but I prefer to regard it as a full species in view of the unsettled taxonomy of L. modestus. The two forms are very similar, one difference being that the males of L. fiziensis have a greyish gular pouch, those of L. modestus blue.

Distribution and Habitat

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

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My specimens were collected on branches in dense low bush at the edge of a clearing in the forest at Gombe Stream N. P. Known from two localities on both sides of the northern part of Lake Tanganyika.

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


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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