Species Description: Roedel M-O 2007 The identity of Hylambates hyloides Boulenger, 1906, and description of a new, small species of Leptopelis from West Africa. Zool Reihe 83:90-100/
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A rather small forest-living Leptopelis (males 30-35 mm, females 46-49 mm) from West Africa with more webbing than L. viridis, less than L. occidentalis. Dorsum brown or grey with a darker hour-glass pattern.
The tadpole is eel-shaped and darkly pigmented. Maximum length 34 mm (12 + 22). The mouth is small, situated anteriorly on the ventral side of the snout. Tooth formula 1, 3+3/3.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Benin, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice has two elements, a clack and a quiet buzzing. The clack has a very indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at 3000 cps., audibly higher than the voice of the similar L. viridis. The buzzing consists of 15-20 figures at a rate of about 60 per second and an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at 2500-3000 cps.
The eggs are large, unpigmented, and yolk-filled and develop very slowly.
Rödel, M. O. (2007). ''The identity of Hylambates hyloides and description of a new small species of Leptopelis from West Africa.'' Mitt. Mus. Nat. Berlin, Zool., 83, 90-100.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2008-09-10)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-10-01)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis spiritusnoctis <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/6938> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jan 26, 2022.
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