Leptopelis mackayi
family: Arthroleptidae
Species Description: Koehler, Bwong, Schick, Veith & Loetters,2006 A new species of arboreal Leptopelis (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from the forests of western Kenya. Herpetological Journal 16: 183-189.

© 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


The name L. modestus was only hesitantly used by Schiøtz (1975; 1999) for the four widely separated populations of small Leptopelis (montane and lowland in Cameroun, eastern RD Congo, Kakamega in Kenya). Köhler et al. (2006) have described the population from Kakamega as a distinct species, Leptopelis mackayi, distinguished from the Cameronese population(s) by slight call differences and genetic differences.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya

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Occurs in southern Kakamega Forest, in the Kakamega District, Western Province, Kenya, at 1550 m above sea level (IUCN 2006).

The status of the population called Leptopelis modestus in eastern R. D. Congo has not been studied recently.

Updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe. (2006). Global Amphibian Assessment: Leptopelis mackayi. Accessed on 15 September 2008.

Köhler, J., Bwong, B. A., Schick, S., Veith, M., and Lötters, S. (2006). ''A new species of arboreal Leptopelis (Anura: Arthroleptidae) from the forests of western Kenya.'' The Herpetological Journal, 16(2), 183-189.

Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT, *
First submitted 2008-09-04
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-10-01)

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