Leptodactylodon ovatus Andersson, 1903

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Arthroleptidae > Subfamily: Astylosterninae > Genus: Leptodactylodon > Species: Leptodactylodon ovatus

Leptodactylodon ovatus Andersson, 1903, Verh. Zool. Bot. Ges. Wien, 53: 141. Syntypes: NHMG (10 specimens), by original designation. Type locality: "Kamerun".

Leptodactylodon ovatus ovatusParker, 1936, Proc. Zool. Soc. London, 1936: 147-148.

Leptodactylodon ovatusPerret, 1959, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 82: 249. Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 383.

Leptodactylodon ornatus orientalis Amiet, 1971, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 7–8: 144. Holotype: MHNG 2031.4 (formerly JLA 70.895) according to Schätti, Perret, and Mariaux, 2002, Cat. Comm. Types Amph. Rept. Mus. Hist. Nat. Geneve, Vers. 4.0 (Jan. 2002): 13. Type locality: "Nkondjock, env. 500 m", Cameroon. Synonymy by Ohler, 1999, Alytes, 17: 79.

Leptodactylodon ovatus orientalisOhler, 1999, Alytes, 17: 79.

English Names

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

Yellow-snouted Egg Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 252).


Extreme southeastern Nigeria and adjacent western Cameroon, below 800 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon, Nigeria


Distinction from Leptodactylus ovatus demonstrated by Perret, 1959, Bull. Soc. Neuchatel. Sci. Nat., 82: 248-249; and Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 383-384. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 49, provided records for Nigeria. See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 610. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 102–103, reported on comparative tadpole morphology as did Mapouyat, Hirschfeld, Rödel, Liedtke, Loader, Gonwouo, Dahmen, Doherty-Bone, and Barej, 2014, Zootaxa, 3765: 29–53. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 252–253, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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