A rather large, slender Leptopelis (males 34–43 mm, females 56 mm) from the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania, with extensive webbing and a small tympanum. Eyes in life bright red. Dorsum in males grey to brown or olive green with a conspicuous pattern in yellowish, generally forming irregular transverse bands, which are also present on the femur. Females have a uniform olive-green dorsum. Throat in males white, orange in females. Flanks, ventral sides of limbs and toes yellow-orange. Ventrum whitish.
The red eyes are diagnostic. In spite of the rather dull description of the dorsal colours, L. parkeri is probably the prettiest of the four strikingly coloured Leptopelis from the Eastern Arc Forests.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Tanzania, United Republic of
This species seems to be confined to greater altitudes than the other Eastern Arc Leptopelis, where it is found abundantly in dense forest. Known from the Usambara, Uluguru and Udzungwa Mts. in Tanzania.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a rather quiet buzzing with an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at about 1500 cps.
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 2000-12-11
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
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