© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)
The name L. modestus may very well cover more that one species; the type is dried and cannot show the diagnostic characters but Perret has designated a specimen from Buea as lectotype. At high altitudes in Cameroun and on the Obudu Plateau in Nigeria there is a distinct species which has previously been referred to L. modestus by Perret, Amiet and Schiøtz. A form from lower altitudes on the south Cameronese plateau with a larger tympanum, has been regarded as conspecific. Much further east, in eastern R. D. Congo there is a Leptopelis which is so similar that it has been referred to modestus, but in view of the often tiny differences between species in this genus I doubt whether it really is conspecific. Another similar form from Kakamega Forest, Kenya, has recently been separated as Leptopelis mackayi. The morphologically very similar L. fiziensis was also originally described as a subspecies of L. modestus.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Kenya, Nigeria
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-02-07
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-30)
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