AmphibiaWeb - Leptopelis ocellatus


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Leptopelis ocellatus (Mocquard, 1902)
family: Arthroleptidae
genus: Leptopelis

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A medium-sized Leptopelis (males 32-46, mm, females 48-58 mm) from the central forests. Dorsum brown or grey with an indistinct dorsal triangle. A dark canthal band continues behind the eye to the forelegs, and is then broken up into large dark rounded spots with white delimitation along the flanks. Ventrum yellow. Hidden parts of limbs bright yellow with darker marbling (similar to a Phlyctimantis). Iris copper-coloured. Head longer that wide. The only Cameroon species without pectoral glands in males. Canthus rostralis is as distinct as in L. calcaratus but legs are shorter and more massive.

Laurent has established two subspecies: (1) L. o. ocellatus. Head longer than wide. Distributed from central Cameroun to R. Congo and R. D. Congo west and north of the Congo River. (2) L. o. schiotzi Laurent 1973, with a shorter head relative to the width of the head. Apart from Laurent's original description it has not been treated in the literature. Distributed east and south of River Congo in R. D. Congo.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Gabon


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Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a "haw" - rather sonorous and prolonged with a very characteristic acoustic quality, quite different from the other forest forms. Found in swamps in forest.

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


Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-31)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Leptopelis ocellatus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 25, 2023.

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