This species is known only from its type locality, Nyonga, in Upemba National Park, Shaba Province, in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Habitat and Ecology
There is no information on the habitat and ecological requirements of this species, although assuming that it breeds in a similar manner to other Leptopelis species, it lays its eggs in a nest buried in mud near water, into which the larvae emerge and develop.
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.
There is no information on threats to this species.
Upemba National Park is the only protected area from which this species is currently known. Further research is needed into the distribution and population status, ecology, threats, and use and trade of this species. There is continuing doubt as to the taxonomic validity of this species.
The taxonomic status of this species is very uncertain. It was placed in the synonymy of Leptopelis flavomaculatus by Laurent (1973), but it was provisionally resurrected by Poynton (1985) and Poynton and Broadley (1987). Schiøtz (1999) suggested that might be conspecific with L. mossambicus.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2014. Leptopelis lebeaui. In: IUCN 2014