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Leptopelis macrotis Schiøtz, 1967
family: Arthroleptidae
genus: Leptopelis

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Near Threatened (NT)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A very large forest Leptopelis (males 40-46 mm, females 74-84 mm) from West Africa with fully webbed feet, a large tympanum and a smooth transversely-striped dorsum in shades of brown. This Leptopelis is unmistakable among the West African Leptopelis, being the largest and most fully webbed member of the genus. When compared with the Cameronese fauna it shows strong similarities to two sympatric species, L. rufus and L. millsoni and to L. palmatus from Principe, but differs in the following characters:

L. palmatus L. rufus L. macrotis L.millsoni
Size of female Very large

(81-110 mm)


(74-87 mm)


(74-84 m)


(65-70 mm)

Discs vs. Tympanum Smaller Larger Smaller Smaller
Choanes Very large Large Small Small

Distribution and Habitat

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


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A forest form, heard whenever suitable localities were visited from central Sierra Leone to Ghana.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The males call from branches, most typically from near streams at heights of 5-10 m above the ground. The voice consists of a single motif with a duration of 0.1 second, sometimes repeated twice. It has the same acoustical quality as that of L. occidentalis - although audibly different. The sonogram shows a large number of harmonics about 330 cps apart.

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.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-31)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis macrotis <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 17, 2024.

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