IUCN threat status:

Near Threatened (NT)

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A very large forest Leptopelis (males 40-46 mm, females 74-84 mm) from West Africa with fully webbed feet, a large tympanum and a smooth transversely-striped dorsum in shades of brown.This Leptopelis is unmistakable among the West African Leptopelis, being the largest and most fully webbed member of the genus. When compared with the Cameronese fauna it shows strong similarities to two sympatric species, L. rufus and L. millsoni and to L. palmatus from Principe, but differs in the following characters:

L. palmatus L. rufus L. macrotis L.millsoni
Size of female Very large

(81-110 mm)


(74-87 mm)


(74-84 m)


(65-70 mm)

Discs vs. Tympanum Smaller Larger Smaller Smaller
Choanes Very large Large Small Small

This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.


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