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Leptopelis spiritusnoctis
family: Arthroleptidae
 
Species Description: Roedel M-O 2007 The identity of Hylambates hyloides Boulenger, 1906, and description of a new, small species of Leptopelis from West Africa. Zool Reihe 83:90-100/

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
A new name for what has traditionally (but wrongfully) called Leptopelis hyloides. The type of L. hyloides is, however, a L. viridis.

A rather small forest-living Leptopelis (males 30-35 mm, females 46-49 mm) from West Africa with more webbing than L. viridis, less than L. occidentalis. Dorsum brown or grey with a darker hour-glass pattern.

The tadpole is eel-shaped and darkly pigmented. Maximum length 34 mm (12 + 22). The mouth is small, situated anteriorly on the ventral side of the snout. Tooth formula 1, 3+3/3.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo

 

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Abundant in the forest belt throughout West Africa as far as Cross River in eastern Nigeria.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors

The voice has two elements, a clack and a quiet buzzing. The clack has a very indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at 3000 cps., audibly higher than the voice of the similar L. viridis. The buzzing consists of 15-20 figures at a rate of about 60 per second and an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at 2500-3000 cps.

The eggs are large, unpigmented, and yolk-filled and develop very slowly.

References

Rödel, M. O. (2007). ''The identity of Hylambates hyloides and description of a new small species of Leptopelis from West Africa.'' Mitt. Mus. Nat. Berlin, Zool., 83, 90-100.



Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2008-09-10
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-10-01)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis spiritusnoctis <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/6938> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Aug 19, 2017.



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Citation: AmphibiaWeb. 2017. <http://amphibiaweb.org> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed 19 Aug 2017.

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