Taxonomy

Animalia Chordata Vertebrata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae Leptopelis Leptopelis omissus
Taxonomic notes: This species is referred to as Leptopelis sp. 1 in Amiet (1983) and as Leptopelis sp. aff. calcaratus in Largen and Dowsett-Lemaire (1991).

Name change: Leptopelis aubryioides.

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Geographic Range

This species ranges from southeastern Nigeria through central and southern Cameroon and Gabon to southern Congo. It is presumed to occur in mainland Equatorial Guinea, and is to be expected in southwestern Central African Republic, western Democratic Republic of Congo and the Cabinda Enclave of Angola. It lives below 1,000m asl.

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Habitat

It lives in dense primary and open secondary lowland forest. It does not occur in gallery forests in the savannah zone, and it avoids places where the understorey has been cleared. Males call from several metres above the ground. It breeds in raphia swamps, puddles, water holes and small streams, avoiding large swamps with deep water. The eggs are laid in nests on the ground, close to water.

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Population

It is abundant in suitable habitat.

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Threats

It is affected by habitat loss as a result of expanding human settlements and agriculture, and the collection of wood.

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Specific Threats

  • 1.1 Housing & urban areas
  • 2.1.2 Small-holder farming
  • 5.3.5 Motivation Unknown/Unrecorded

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Conservation Actions

It presumably occurs in several protected areas.

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Specific Actions

  • 1.1 Site/area protection
  • 2.1 Site/area management

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Red List Rationale

Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a degree of habitat modification, its presumed large population, and because it is unlikely to be declining fast enough to qualify for listing in a more threatened category.

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Bibliography

  • Amiet, J.-L. 1983. Un essai de cartographie des anoures du Cameroun. Alytes: 124-146.
  • Amiet, J.-L. 1991. Un Leptopelis meconnu de la faune forestiere camerounaise (Amphibia, Anura, Hyperoliidae). Alytes: 89-102.
  • Frétey, T. and Blanc, C.P. 2000. Liste des Amphibiens d'Afrique Centrale. ADIE, Libreville, Gabon.
  • Frétey, T. and Blanc, C.P. 2001. Inventaire systématique des Amphibiens Anoures du centre du Gabon. Bulletin de la Société Zoologique de France: 375-390.
  • Frétey, T. and Dewynter, M. 1998. Amphibiens anoures de la Foret des Abeilles (Gabon). Journal of African Zoology: 171-184.
  • Herrmann, H.-W., Böhme, W., Herrmann, P.A., Plath, M., Schmitz, A. and Solbach, M. 2005. African Biodiversity Hotspots: the amphibians of Mt. Nlonako, Cameroon. Salamandra 41(1/2): 61-81.
  • Largen, M.J. and Dowsett-Lemaire, F. 1991. Amphibians (Anura) from the Kouilou River basin, Republique du Congo. Tauraco Research Report: 145-168.
  • Schiøtz, A. 1999. Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

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