Species Description: Plath M, Herrmann H-W, Bohme W 2006 New frog species of the genus Phrynobatrachus (Anura:Phrynobatrachidae) from Mt. Nlonako, Cameroon. J Herpetol 40:486-495
Coloration: Head is dark brown to black; dorsum, outer upper arms (and lower arms in females), and outer side of legs are olive green-brown; ventrum and inner legs are beige to yellowish white. Distinguishing characteristics include spotted white lips and a distinct white band between the eyes, in various forms (solid, dashed, linear, triangular). White spots also cover forelegs and flanks. Tibia decorated by one to two medium size bars or large spots.
Males differ from females in that the white spots from the lips continue to the tympanum and in darker coloration of the tympanum, forearms, back of neck, and throat. In contrast, females have black spots on the green-brown forearms and are lighter in coloration on the ventrum, gular region, and forelegs.
Distribution and Habitat
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Trends and Threats
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Arthroleptis nlonakoensis was originally placed in the genus Phrynobatrachus. However in 2008, Fretey reviewed morphological differences in the two genus and placed the species within Arthroleptis. This was further supported by Zimkus and Larson (2009) based on direct measurements of A. nlonakoensis specimens.
Fretey, T. 2008. Review of African genera Arthroleptis Smith, 1849 and Phrynobatrachus Gunther, 1862 (Amphibia, Anura). Alytes 25(3-4):99-172
Plath, M., Herrmann, H-W., and Böhme, W. (2006). ''New frog species of the genus Phrynobatrachus (Anura: Phrynobatrachidae) from Mt. Nlonako, Cameroon.'' Journal of Herpetology, 40(4), 486-495.
Zimkus, B.M., Larson, J.G. 2009. External morphology and osteology support the placement of Phrynobatrachus nlonakoensis Plath, Herrmann & Bohme, 2006 within the genus Arthroleptis. African Journal of Herpetology 58(1):36-38
Written by Xi Zhai (xzhaix AT berkeley.edu), UC Berkeley
First submitted 2008-11-19
Edited by Kellie Whittaker; updated Ann T. Chang (2013-08-28)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2013 Arthroleptis nlonakoensis <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6863> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 25, 2017.
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