A large Leptopelis (males 44-50 mm, females 60-70 mm) from East African lowland forests. Webbing rather well-developed. Dorsum uniform green with white heels or brown with a darker triangle with its blunt apex pointing forwards. There is a dark bar between the eyes and a dark canthal line. Pectoral glands present in males. Yellow spots often present in young green specimens.
Leptopelis flavomaculatus is very similar to L. vermiculatus from which it differs by having a uniform, not vermiculated, dorsum. It is very similar to and possibly related to L. christyi from the central forests, but christyi is smaller and normally has a more pointed dorsal triangle.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zimbabwe
A form from the rather dry, open semideciduous forest of the eastern lowlands, from the coast of Kenya to Mozambique north of the Save River. Absent from the moist evergreen forests on the Eastern Arc Mountains in Tanzania.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a clack with a peculiar tonal quality. The single motif has a long duration (0.2-0.3 sec) and is made up of a number of harmonics about 300 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 2001-02-07)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis flavomaculatus: Yellow-spotted tree frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3649> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 6, 2023.
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