Leptopelis karissimbensis Ahl, 1929

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

Leptopelis karissimbensis Ahl, 1929, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1929: 195. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered according to the original publication. Type locality: "Mtulia Gama am Karissimbi (Deutsch-Ost-Afrika)", Rwanda.

English Names

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

Karissimbi Tree Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 203).


Highland savannas in southwestern Uganda, western Rwanda, and adjacent extreme eastern Dem. Rep. Congo, 2000–2800 m elevation; likely into western Burundi.


See brief accounts in De Witte, 1941, Explor. Parc Natl. Albert, Miss. G.F. de Witte (1933–1935), 33: 94-101 (in the sense of including other taxa as synonyms), Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 50, Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 45-49, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 304, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 487-489. See Leptopelis kivuensis. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 203, provided an account and noted its strong resemblance to Leptopelis kivuensis. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 290. Hölting, Böhme, and Schmitz, 2009, Herpetol. Notes, 2: 45-47, provided a record for southwestern Rwanda, discussed the range, and provided molecular evidence for the distinctiveness of this taxon from Leptopelis kivuensis. Roelke, Greenbaum, Kusamba, Aristote, and Smith, 2011, J. Herpetol., 45: 343-351, discussed the systematics and range of this species and the very similar Leptopelis kivuensisChanning, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 111–112, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 304, provided a brief account and map.

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