Leptopelis flavomaculatus (Günther, 1864)

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

Hyperolius flavomaculatus Günther, 1864, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1864: 310. Holotype: BMNH according to Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 129; identified as BMNH 1947.2.9.82, by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 166. Type locality: "Rovuma Bay", Tanzania.

Rappia flavomaculataGünther, 1869 "1868", Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1868: 481; Tornier, 1896, in Möbius (ed.), Deutsch Ost-Afr., 3: 136.

Megalixalus flavomaculatusBoulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 128.

Hylambates johnstoni Boulenger, 1897, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1897: 803. Syntypes: BMNH (4 specimens), by original designation. BMNH 1947.2.10.4 designated lectotype by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 172. Type locality: "Kondowe–Karongoa, and one from the Nyika Plateau", restricted to Kondowe to Karonga, Malawi, by Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 343, and this stabilized by the lectotype designation. Synonymy by Laurent, 1948 "1947", Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 14: 293; Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 329, 343.

Leptopelis johnstoniBarbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 239; FitzSimons, 1939, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 20: 17-46.

Leptopelis barbouri Ahl, 1929, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1929: 199. Syntypes: MCZ 13661-71; MCZ 13661 designated lectotype by Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 48. Type locality: "Lutindi-Berg (Usambara-Gebirge)" (= Mount Lutindi, Usambara Mountains), Tanzania. Synonymy by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 165. 

Leptopelis flavomaculatusLaurent, 1948 "1947", Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 14: 293; Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 343.

English Names

Brown-backed Tree Frog (Broadley, 1973, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 10: 23).

Yellow-spotted Tree Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 143; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 201; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 201; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 94).

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

Johnston's Treefrog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 201 [alternative name]).

Barbour's Forest Treefrog (Inappropriate name due to a confusion of type: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68). See comment under Leptopelis grandiceps. 

Distribution

Along stream in open semideciduous forest of the East African lowlands below 2000 m from Mozambique north of the Save River, the eastern Zimbabwean escarpment, Malawi, eastern Tanzania, and coastal Kenya.

Comment

Closely related to Leptopelis christyi according to Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 32. See comment under Leptopelis lebeaui. See accounts by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 168–169, Inger, 1968, Explor. Parc Natl. Garamba, Miss. H. de Saeger, 52: 116, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 279–280, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 201–203, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 201-202, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 492–496, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 94-95. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 97-99, provided an account for Malawi. See taxonomic and descriptive comments by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 165–187. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 68–71, provided a brief account for  eastern Tanzania and coastal Kenya. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 80–81, discussed the species in northern Mozambique. 

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