Leptopelis aubryioides (Andersson, 1907)

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

Hylambates rufus var. aubryioides Andersson, 1907, Jahrb. Nassau. Ver. Naturkd., Wiesbaden, 60: 241. Syntypes: NHRM 1463 (1 specimen), MWNH (3 specimens; numbered lot 13 according to Köhler and Güsten, 2007, Spixiana, München, 30: 280), and 1 possibly in NHMG, according to Erik Ahland, personal commun. MWNH 135/1 designated lectotype by Köhler, 2009, Copeia, 2009: 57. Type locality: "Bibundi, Kamerun".

Leptopelis omissus omissus Amiet, 1992 "1991", Alytes, 9: 90. Holotype: MNHNP 1991.270, by original designation. Type locality: "Kala (Cameroun)". Synonymy by Köhler, 2009, Copeia, 2009: 57.

Leptopelis aubryioidesKöhler, 2009, Copeia, 2009: 57.

English Names

Kala Forest Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 69 [as Leptopelis omissus]).

False Aubry's Tree Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 216).


Southeastern Nigeria through southern Cameroon to Gabon and southern Rep. Congo; expected in Equatorial Guinea, western Dem. Rep. Congo, southwestern Central African Republic, and Cabinda enclave, Angola (see comment).

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon, Congo, Republic of the, Gabon, Nigeria

Likely/Controversially Present: Angola, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea


Frétey and Blanc, 2002 "2001", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 384, reported this species (as Leptopelis omissus) from Gabon. Köhler, 2009, Copeia, 2009: 57-61, (1) removed Hylambates rufus aubryioides from the synonymy of Leptopelis modestus where it had been placed by Ahl, 1929, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1929: 215: (2) showed it to be a senior synonym of Leptopelis omissus Amiet, 1992. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 459-465. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 108, reported on comparative tadpole morphology.  Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 265–266, provided an account and map (as Leptopelis omissus). Barej, Pfalzgraff, Hirschfeld, Liedtke, Penner, Gonwouo, Dahmen, Grözinger, Schmitz, and Rödel, 2015, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 9(2, Spec. Section): 56–84, reported on larval morphology. Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 6–7, provided a record for southeastern Gabon and briefly discussed habitat and range. Dewynter, Frétey, Jongsma, Bamba-Kaya, and Pauwels, 2018, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 18: 31, provided a brief account and photographs from the Monts Birougou area of Gabon. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 258, doubted that this species will be found in Angola. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 12, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 48). Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 216–217, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 146, considered the species to be a possible member of the Equatorial Guinea fauna. Kako-Wanzalire, Mongo, Ilonga, Mapoli, Mbumba, Neema, Tungaluna, Itoka, and Bogaert, 2021, Tropicultura, 39 (1: 1709): 1–19, briefly discussed habitat preference in north-central Dem. Rep. Congo, but the record, not documented with descriptive evidence, requires confirmation.

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