Leptodactylodon Andersson, 1903

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Leptodactylodon
15 species

Leptodactylodon Andersson, 1903, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 53: 141. Type species: Leptodactylodon ovatus Andersson, 1903, by monotypy.

Bulua Boulenger, 1904, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 7, 13: 262. Type species: Bulua ventrimarmorata Boulenger, 1904, by monotypy. Synonymy by Andersson, 1905, Ark. Zool., 2(20): 22, and Roux, 1905, Zool. Anz., 28: 777-785.

English Names

Egg Frogs (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 38).


Eastern Nigeria and western and southwestern Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.


In Astylosternini of Frost, Grant, Faivovich, Bain, Haas, Haddad, de Sá, Channing, Wilkinson, Donnellan, Raxworthy, Campbell, Blotto, Moler, Drewes, Nussbaum, Lynch, Green, and Wheeler, 2006, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 297: 336. Revised by Amiet, 1981 "1980", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 27: 69-224, who supplied information on life history and relationships. Removed from Phrynopsinae of Noble, 1931, Biol. Amph.: 518, to Astylosterninae by Laurent, 1946, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 39: 337. Ohler, 1999, Alytes, 17: 73-80, provided a key to the species and recognized four species groups, the Leptodactylodon mertensi group (Leptodactylodon mertensi, Leptodactylodon erythrogaster, Leptodactylodon perreti, Leptodactylodon axillaris), Leptodactylodon bicolor group (Leptodactylodon bicolor), Leptodactylodon ornatus group (Leptodactylodon ornatus), and Leptodactylodon ovatus group (Leptodactylodon ovatus, Leptodactylodon boulengeri, Leptodactylodon ventrimarmoratus, Leptodactylodon albiventris, Leptodactylodon blanci, Leptodactylodon polycanthus). Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 99–105, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Mapouyat, Hirschfeld, Rödel, Liedtke, Loader, Gonwouo, Dahmen, Doherty-Bone, and Barej, 2014, Zootaxa, 3765: 29-53, reported on larval morphology of several species. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 246–253, provided brief accounts, photographs, and range maps for the species. 

Contained taxa (15 sp.):

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