Leptopelis ragazzii
family: Arthroleptidae

© 2008 Malcolm Largen (1 of 4)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A medium-sized arboreal Leptopelis (males 28-43 mm, females 39-50 mm) from montane forests (1900-3100 m) on the Ethiopian plateau. Phase A often with a darker triangle on the back, never confluent with the interorbital bar. Ventrum white or cream. Males with pectoral glands. Colour in life. -
Phase A: dorsum pale greenish-yellow, bright green or dark olive, typically without darker markings.
Phase B cream, pale grey or greenish to dark red-brown above with a feeble to very pronounced pattern of darker blotches, spots and freckling. These markings, grey or green to dark brown or black, form a more or less conspicuous triangle or rectangular mass on the back, never confluent with the interorbital bar. Usually a series of irregular blotchesin the sacral region. Limbs with more or less well-defined transverse bars. Few to numerous cream to bright yellow spots may be irregularly scattered over dorsum. A distinct pale line nearly always present above vent and heel. Ventrum white or cream, usually lightly mottled with pale grey to heavily blotched or even completely suffused with dark purplish-brown.
Voice. - The males call from low vegetation in the vicinity of streams, not always particularly close to water. They tend to select a vantage point 25-200 cm above the ground. The voice is a rather sharp "click" somewhat higher-pitched that that of L. gramineus. It is sometimes preceded by a low scream or creaking sound.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ethiopia


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Leptopelis ragazzii appears to be endemic to the central plateau of Ethiopia and rather strictly associated with montane forest

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development. - Largen once observed a pair in amplexus on the ground in long grass beside a small stream.

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.

Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT, *
First submitted 2001-02-07
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis ragazzii <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 21, 2020.

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