Leptopelis natalensis (Smith, 1849)

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

Polypedates natalensis Smith, 1849, Illust. Zool. S. Afr., 3 (Appendix): 25. Holotype: BMNH according to Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 135; now numbered BM 1947.2.20.10 according to museum records. Type locality: "on the leaf of a thick reed, growing on the marshy banks of a small river to the westward of Port Natal [= Durban]", KwaZulu-Natal, Rep. South Africa; given as "Natal" (=KwaZulu-Natal), Rep. South Africa by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 135.

Eucnemis bucephalus Günther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 144. Nomen nudum coined in synonymy of Polypedates natalensis Smith, 1849.

Leptopelis natalensisGünther, 1859 "1858", Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus.: 144; Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 248; Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 168.

Hylambates natalensisBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 135.

Hylambates (Leptopelis) natalensisWager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: fig. 26.

English Names

Raucous Tree Frog (Hewitt, 1937, Guide Vert. Fauna E. Cape Province, Rept. Amph. Fishes: 113; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 218).

Forest Tree Frog (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 183; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 218).

Natal Forest Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 69).

Natal Tree Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 204; Bishop, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 160; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 98).

Distribution

Coastal forests of coastal eastern Eastern Cape Province into northern KwaZulu-Natal, Rep. South Africa; possibly to be found in adjacent southern Mozambique.

Comment

See accounts by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 168-169, Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 121-122, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 307–308, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 204-205, Bishop, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 160-162, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 496-499, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 99-99. Pietersen, Havemann, and Retief, 2008, Afr. Herp News, 46: 22-23, reported the species in northern KwaZulu-Natal near the Mozambique border and suggested that it may be found in that country. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 115, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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