A very large forest Leptopelis (males 40-46 mm, females 74-84 mm) from West Africa with fully webbed feet, a large tympanum and a smooth transversely-striped dorsum in shades of brown.
This Leptopelis is unmistakable among the West African Leptopelis, being the largest and most fully webbed member of the genus. When compared with the Cameronese fauna it shows strong similarities to two sympatric species, L. rufus and L. millsoni and to L. palmatus from Principe, but differs in the following characters:
|Size of female
|Discs vs. Tympanum
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone
A forest form, heard whenever suitable localities were visited from central Sierra Leone to Ghana.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The males call from branches, most typically from near streams at heights of 5-10 m above the ground. The voice consists of a single motif with a duration of 0.1 second, sometimes repeated twice. It has the same acoustical quality as that of L. occidentalis - although audibly different. The sonogram shows a large number of harmonics about 330 cps apart.
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 schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-01-31
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
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