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A very large, fully webbed Leptopelis (males 45-55 mm, females 74-87 mm) from the forests in central Africa with a rather small tympanum (discs larger than tympanum) and large choanae. Dorsum brown with darker irregular transverse bars. 3-4 bars on tibia. Iris golden. Males much smaller than females.Separated from L. palmatus by Perret, mainly based on its smaller tympanum. L. rufus is similar to the West African L. macrotis which, however has a larger tympanum.
L. rufus has been collected from branches overhanging a swift-flowing stream in forest. A pair in copula was taken in the low vegetation near a small stream.
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.