Leptopelis palmatus
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2003 Robert C. Drewes (1 of 2)

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
See IUCN account.
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None


A very large fully-webbed Leptopelis (females 81-110 mm) from Ihlo du Principe with a large tympanum. Dorsum most often dark green to black, sometimes with many light spots that may give the frog a marbled appearance. Ventrum dark with a granular surface.

Perret demonstrated in 1973 that L. palmatus is confined to Ihlo de Principe in the Guinea Gulf, since the very similar Leptopelis occurring on the mainland is so distinct that it deserves its own name, Leptopelis rufus. Leptopelis palmatus has a comparatively larger tympanum, larger choanae, and differences in the skin texture.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Sao Tome and Principe

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It is only known from lowlands up to 300 m on Ihlo du Principe, an island in the Gulf of Guinea originally covered with forest.


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 (2008-09-10)

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