Leptopelis spiritusnoctis Rödel, 2007

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

Leptopelis spiritusnoctis Rödel, 2007, Mitt. Mus. Naturkd. Berlin, Zool., 83 (Supplement): 91. Holotype: ZMB 69951, by original designation. Type locality: "south-eastern Guinea, Déré Forest Reserve, 07° 36´ 13.2N, 08° 12´ 42.3W, 444 m above sea level, secondary forest".

English Names

None noted.


Tropical forest from the Niger delta in Nigeria west to Guinea and Sierra Leone.


Referred to mistakenly in much literature as Leptopelis hyloides; see comment under Leptopelis viridis. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 253–255, discussed this as an unnamed, widespread species under the name Leptopelis "hyloides", found in the forests of Guinea-Bissau to Cross River in Nigeria, which was frequently confused with Leptopelis aubryi. Rödel and Branch, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 258, reported this species (as Leptopelis "hyloides") in Ivory Coast. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 119, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 455, regarded this taxon as a geographic variant of Leptopelis aubryi. This was discussed and rejected by Rödel, Emmrich, Penner, Schmitz, and Barej, 2014, Zoosyst. Evol., 90: 21–31, who provied acoustic and molecular evidence. Barej, Pfalzgraff, Hirschfeld, Liedtke, Penner, Gonwouo, Dahmen, Grözinger, Schmitz, and Rödel, 2015, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 9(2, Spec. Section): 56–84, reported on larval morphology.  

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