AmphibiaWeb - Chiromantis kelleri


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Chiromantis kelleri Boettger, 1893
family: Rhacophoridae
subfamily: Rhacophorinae
genus: Chiromantis
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A large Chiromantis from dry savanna in northern Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Lateral area covered by folded limbs shows dark freckling which extends ventrally to a dark matrix between lighter colored granulations of the abdominal skin. Darkening also on inner surface of femur. Half of the rows of vomerine teeth extending behind the posterior level of the choanae. Broad web extends 40-70% of the distance between the tubercles of the third finger.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan


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Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia, in dry savanna.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

Intensified agriculture or grazing

Formerly considered a subspecies of C. petersii before Poynton's (2000) examination of the forms from Eastern Africa.


Poynton, J. C. (2000). ''Foam-nest treefrogs in eastern Africa (Anura Rhacophoridae Chiromantis) : taxonomic complexities.'' African Journal of Herpetology, 49, 111-128.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2008-08-23)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-15)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Chiromantis kelleri <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 22, 2023.

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