Leptopelis anchietae (Barboza du Bocage, 1873)

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

Hylambates anchietae Barboza du Bocage, 1873, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, 4 (15): 226. Holotype: MBL, T.13-233 according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22–23; destroyed in 1978 fire. Type locality: "l'intérieur de Mossamedes"; corrected to Huila and Caconda, Mts. Chininga, Angola, by Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22–23.

Leptopelis anchietaeNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 331; Mertens, 1940, Senckenb. Biol., 22: 130 (Mertens' use based on specimens of Leptopelis nordequatorialis according to Perret, 1966, Zool. Jahrb., Jena, Abt. Syst., 93: 434).

Leptopelis (Taphriomantis) anchietaeLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 35: 102.

English Names

Huila Forest Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68).

Anchieta's Tree Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 196).


Known from scattered localities throughout much of central and southwestern Angola.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola

Endemic: Angola


Removed from the synonymy of Leptopelis rufus by Mertens, 1940, Senckenb. Biol., 22: 130, where it had been placed by Noble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 242. Leptopelis anchietae nordequatorialis Perret, 1966, is now considered a distinct species, as is Leptopelis oryi Inger, 1968. See Amiet and Schiøtz, 1974, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 17: 148–149; Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 11–13; and Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 22–23. Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 227 suggested that both of these taxa are probably subspecies of Leptopelis anchietae. See comment under Leptopelis oryiSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 306–307, and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 196–197, provided accounts. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 106–107, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Conradie, Keates, Verburgt, Baptista, and Harvey, 2023, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 17: 25, provided an account and dot map of the species in Angola. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 121–122, provided a map and brief account for Angola. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 218–219, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Becker, Baptista, Vaz Pinto, Ernst, and Conradie, 2023, Namib. J. Environm., 8: 245–257, discussed this species, its range in the highlands of Angola, and provided a dot map. 

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