Leptopelis anchietae (Bocage, 1873)

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

Hylambates anchietae Bocage, 1873, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, 4: 226. Holotype: MBL, T.13-233 according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22-23; destroyed in 1978 fire. Type locality: "l'intérieur de Mossamedes"; corrected to Huila and Caconda, Mts. Chininga, Angola, by Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22-23.

Leptopelis anchietaeNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 331. Mertens, 1940, Senckenb. Biol., 22: 130 (Mertens' use based on specimens of Leptopelis nordequatorialis according to Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 434).

Leptopelis (Taphriomantis) anchietaeLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 35: 102.

English Names

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

Anchieta's Tree Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 196).

Distribution

Known from scattered localities throughout much of the western half of Angola.

Comment

Removed from the synonymy of Leptopelis rufus by Mertens, 1940, Senckenb. Biol., 22: 130, where it had been placed by Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 242. Leptopelis anchietae nordequatorialis Perret, 1966, is now considered a distinct species, as is Leptopelis oryi Inger, 1968. See Amiet and Schiøtz, 1974, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 17: 148-149; Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 11-13; and Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22-23. R. Laurent in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 227 suggested that both of these taxa are probably subspecies of Leptopelis anchietae. See comment under Leptopelis oryiSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 306–307, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 196-197, provided accounts. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 106–107, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. 

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