Arthroleptis sylvaticus (Laurent, 1954)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Arthroleptinae > Genus: Arthroleptis > Species: Arthroleptis sylvaticus

English Names

Forest Screeching Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 37).

Distribution

Rainforest from southern Cameroon and Gabon through Rep. Congo to Bas-Congo Province of Dem. Rep. Congo, north-central Central Africa Republic, and northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo, sea level to about 1300 m elevation; presumably to be found in Equatorial Guinea, and Cabinda Enclave, Angola.

Comment

See brief account in Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 31–32. Considered a synonym of Arthroleptis xenodactylus by Loveridge, 1957, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 117: 351. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 381, reported this species from Gabon. Frétey, 2008, Alytes, 25: 99–172, summarized the literature. Jacobsen, 2009, Afr. Herp News, 47: 2–20, reported this species from east-north-central Central African Republic. See brief comments regarding range and habitat in Gabon by Larson and Zimkus, 2018, Herpetol. Conserv. Biol., 13: 244, and Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 6, who noted that the nominal species is a species complex. Nagy, Kusamba, Collet, and Gvoždík, 2013, Herpetol. Notes, 6:  413–419, provided a record from Bas-Congo, southwestern Dem. Rep. Congo. 

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