Leptopelis xenodactylus Poynton, 1963

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

Leptopelis xenodactylus Poynton, 1963, Ann. Natal Mus., 15: 328. Holotype: NMP 1147, by original designation. Type locality: "Underberg at about 5,200 ft., (1,590 m.)", KwaZulu-Natal, Rep. South Africa.

English Names

Long-toed Tree Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 6; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 222; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 207; Burger, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 162; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 100).

Natal Tree Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

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

Distribution

In marshy areas of the highlands and Weza Forest of KwaZulu-Natal and west just into the East Cape Province, Rep. South Africa; possibly into adjacent Lesotho.

Comment

See accounts by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 171-172, Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 123, Lambiris, 1988, in Branch (ed.), South Afr. Red Data Book, Amph. Rept.: 125-126, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 308–309, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 207, Burger, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 162-164, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 100-101. Van Dijk, 1966, Ann. Natal Mus., 18: 264, suggested that this might be found to be conspecific with Leptopelis bocagei. 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: 292. Bates and Haacke, 2003, Navors. Nas. Mus. Bloemfontein, 19: 143, suggested the possible presence of this species in Lesotho. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 122–123, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.

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