This species ranges widely through the lowlands eastern and southern Africa, from Mozambique north of the Save River and eastern Zimbabwe, north through Malawi and southern and eastern Tanzania, as far as the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest in coastal Kenya. It occurs on the island of Zanzibar (Tanzania). It ranges from sea level up to at least 1,600 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in lowland and montane evergreen forest and especially in dry forest, in both pristine and secondary habitats, often along streams. Males call from leaves of branches, often at 3-4 m above the ground, and also from the mouth of burrows in the ground. It does not survive in open habitats outside forest, but it does occur in small forest remnants. If it is similar to most other members of its genus, it generally lays its eggs in a nest near water, into which the larvae emerge and develop. An egg mass has been observed in the root mass of floating vegetation in a permanent forest pond.
It is often a common species in suitable habitats, although it is perhaps more common at lower densities at higher altitudes because of lack of suitable breeding sites.
Its forest habitat is being impacted by agricultural expansion, logging and increasing human settlements.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Leptopelis flavomaculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T87733649A87725178. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T87733649A87725178.en .Downloaded on 20 February 2019