Leptopelis cynnamomeus (Bocage, 1893)

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

Hylambates cynnamomeus Bocage, 1893, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, Ser. 2, 3: 120. Holotype: MBL T. 16-250, according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22; destroyed by 1978 fire. Type locality: "Quillengues", Angola.

Leptopelis cinnamomeusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 213; Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 24. Incorrect subsequent spelling.

Leptopelis viridis cinnamomeusLaurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 148; Poynton, 1969 "1966", Mem. Inst. Invest. Cient. Moçambique, Ser. A, Cienc. Biol., 8: 27; Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 11.

Leptopelis moeroensis Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 29. Holotype: MRAC 112693, by original designation. Type locality: "Pweto, lac Moero, Shaba [= Katanga], [southeastern] Zaire [= Dem. Rep. Congo]". Synonymy by Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 177-178.

Leptopelis viridis cynnamomeusLaurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 11.

Leptopelis cynnamomeusPerret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22.

English Names

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

Distribution

Wooded savannas from southern Dem. Rep. Congo and northwestern Zambia to central Angola.

Comment

Considered a subspecies of Leptopelis viridis by Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 11, but Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 25, and Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22, considered these forms to be distinct species. Perret regarded the paratypes of Leptopelis cynnamomeus (from Guinea-Bissau) to be Leptopelis viridis. A. Channing in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 229, regarded the taxon as badly in need of revision. Southern African material treated as ?cinnamomeus by Schiøtz is composed of several cryptic species according to J.C. Poynton in Frost, 1985, Amph. Species World: 229). Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 177–178, provided a short account and noted that this name has been incorrectly applied to populations assignable to Leptopelis parbocagii and Leptopelis mossambicus. See discussion by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 297–299, about the convoluted history of the application of the name. Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 200-201, provided an account. Schiøtz and Van Daele, 2003, Alytes, 20: 146, provided some natural history and taxonomic comments.

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