Leptopelis millsoni
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2009 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 6)

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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 large, fully webbed Leptopelis (males 40-49 mm, females 74-87 mm) from central Africa with rather large tympanum (larger than discs) and small choanae. Dorsum brown with darker transverse bars, confluent posteriorly, or green. Iris rusty red. Tibia with 4-5 bars. Webbing of foot as in L. rufus, of hand slightly less.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Gabon, Nigeria

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A forest species, found from eastern Nigeria to Cameroun, Guinée Équatoriale, R. Congo to eastern R. D. Congo. Seems to be associated with large watercourses.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The males call from branches close to slow-flowing streams. The voice consists of single calls with a peculiar acoustic quality caused by a large number of harmonics, and is similar to that of the sympatric L. notatus but of somewhat longer duration. The voice is very similar, possibly identical to that of the West African L. macrotis, which could be a strong argument for regarding L. macrotis and L. millsoni as subspecies of one species.

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 2001-01-31
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-01-18)

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