Leptopelis crystallinoron
family: Arthroleptidae
Species Description: Roedel and Burger 2005 Herpetol Jour 15:149-152
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A rather large Leptopelis from north-western Gabon without a visible tympanum. Otherwise morphologically very similar to L. brevirostris. The shape of the vomerine teeth may differ between the two. The only known specimen, a female, is bright green with creamy white ventrum.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Gabon


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Found on Monts de Cristal in north-western Gabon. The holotype was collected at 560 m asl (IUCN 2006).

Lotters et al. (2005) suggest that L. crystallinoron is likely to be endemic to Monts de Cristal. That seems to be a bold suggestion when based on one collected specimen in an area that is not well-studied.

Since lack of tympanum is not known in any other species of Leptopelis, one wonders whether L. crystallinoron could be an aberrant specimen of L. brevirostris.

Updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe. (2006). Global Amphibian Assessment: Leptopelis crystallinoron. Accessed on 15 September 2008.

Lötters, S., Rödel, M. O. and Burger, M. (2005). ''A new large treefrog from north-western Gabon.'' The Herpetological Journal, 15, 149-152.

Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT, *
First submitted 2008-09-03
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-30)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis crystallinoron <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 19, 2019.

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