Leptopelis jordani
family: Arthroleptidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known only from Congulu at 700–800 m Asl in western Angola. It is possibly endemic from the Angolan escarpment forest (N. Baptista pers. comm. October 2015). Its EOO is 109 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is only known, and possibly endemic, from the Angolan escarpment evergreen forest. There is no addtional information on the habitat and ecological requirements of this species, although assuming that it breeds in a similar manner to other species in the genus, it lays its eggs in a nest buried in mud near water, into which the larvae emerge and develop. Most, of the forest along the escarpment is secondary forest, with large areas of low intensity agricultural land, such as abandoned coffee plantations (Caceres 2013).


The population status of this species is unknown. There have been no recent records, presumably because of the lack of herpetological work within its range.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The Kumbira Forest is the largest remaining and single most representative area of the central Angolan Scarp. If this species is endemic to the Angolan escarpment forest, the rapid deforestation for agriculture in the area is a potential threat. Farming for subsistence is increasing, but also for selling crops in Luanda, including bananas, tomatoes, pineapples and pumpkins. Charcoal production and logging has also been observed in the area (Caceres 2013).

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is not known from any protected areas. 

Research Needed
Further research is needed into the distribution and population status, and use and trade of this species. There is continuing doubt as to the taxonomic validity of this species.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity, extent of occurrence (EOO), status and ecological requirements.

Taxonomic Notes

This species is not mentioned in the review of African treefrogs by Schiøtz (1999), nor in the Field Guide to the Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa by Channing (2001). It might not be a valid species (Schiøtz pers. comm.).

This species is only known from the original description (Parker, 1936), from a single female specimen of the escarpment forest of Kwanza Sul. It was considered as the escarpment forest representative of the widespread Leptopelis aubryi in the rain forest. Further research is needed to decide on the validity of this species.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, South African Frog Re-assessment Group (SA-FRoG) 2017. Leptopelis jordani. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T56259A77164561. .Downloaded on 21 January 2019


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