Leptopelis argenteus (Pfeffer, 1893)

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Leptopelinae > Genus: Leptopelis > Species: Leptopelis argenteus

Hylambates argenteus Pfeffer, 1893, Jahrb. Hamburg. Wiss. Anst., 10: 100. Holotype: ZMH A00442 (formerly 287), according to Hallermann, 1998, Mitt. Hamburg. Zool. Mus. Inst., 95: 199; incorrectly reported as lost by Laurent, 1985, In Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 227. Type locality: "Sumpf südlich der Stadt Bagamoyo" (= marsh south of Bagamoyo), Tanzania.

Leptopelis argenteusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 217.

Leptopelis argenteus argenteusSchiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 18.

Leptopelis argenteus meridionalis Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 22. Holotype: NMZB (formerly UM) 12844, by original designation. Type locality: "5 ml NE of Dondo, Mozambique". Preoccupied by Leptopelis calcaratus meridionalis Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 50. Synonymy by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 197. Junior primary homonym of Leptopelis calcaratus meridionalis Laurent, 1973.

Leptopelis broadleyi Poynton, 1985, S. Afr. J. Sci., 81: 468. Replacement name for Leptopelis argenteus meridionalis Schiøtz, 1975.

English Names

Bagamoyo Forest Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68).

Silvery Tree Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 197; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 195).

Triad Tree Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 195 [alternative name]).

Broadley's Tree Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 197; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 92).


Moist savannas of coastal Tanzania and Kenya to northern Mozambique to southern Malawi and to the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe.


See comments under Leptopelis concolor. Removed from the synonymy of Hylambates maculatus by Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 217, where it had been placed by Barbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 238–239. Schiøtz and Van Daele, 2003, Alytes, 20: 146, suggested that Leptopelis concolor is conspecific with this taxon. IUCN, Conservation International, and NatureServe, 2004, Global Amph. Assessment, reported a much smaller distribution, restricted to Tanzania but did not comment on the distribution as mapped by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 197–198 (who provided an account). Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 92–93, also provided a brief account for southern Africa. See brief accounts (as Leptopelis broadleyi) in Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 176–177. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 195–196, provided an account for East Africa. Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 505–507, provided an account. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 94–95, provided an account for Malawi. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 296–297, provided brief accounts as Leptopelis argenteus and Leptopelis broadleyiHarper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 62–63, provided a brief account for the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 80, regarded Leptopelis broadleyi as distinct, but as they did not study the putative contact zone nor addressed the advertisement call which is reported as identical, I (DRF) hesitate to follow this taxonomic novelty. 

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