Leptopelis broadleyi (Poynton, 1985)

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

Leptopelis argenteus meridionalis Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 22. Holotype: NMZB (formerly UM) 12844, by original designation. Type locality: "5 ml NE of Dondo, Mozambique". Junior primary homonym of Leptopelis calcaratus meridionalis Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 50. 

Leptopelis broadleyi Poynton, 1985, S. Afr. J. Sci., 81: 468. Replacement name for Leptopelis argenteus meridionalis Schiøtz, 1975.

English Names

Broadley's Tree Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 197; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 92).


Eastern Zimbabwe, southern Malawi, and northern Mozambique. 


 Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 80, regarded Leptopelis broadleyi as distinct, but as they did not study the putative contact zone nor addressed the advertisement call which is reported as identical, I (DRF) hesitated to follow this taxonomic novelty. However, Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 228–229, did accept this and they provided a brief account, photograph, and range map and considered this taxon distinct from Leptopleis argenteus where it had been placed by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 197. Conradie, Bittencourt-Silva, Engelbrecht, Loader, Menegon, Nanvonamuquitxo, Scott, and Tolley, 2016, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 92: 163–180, reported a population from Mount M'pàluwé (Nampula Province), Mozambique. See brief accounts (as Leptopelis broadleyi) in Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 176–177. See comment under Leptopelis argenteus for relevant literature. Bittencourt-Silva, Bayliss, and Conradie, 2020, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 14 (2: e247): 198–271, reported a the species from the base of Mount Lico, Ile District, Zambesia Province, northeast-central Mozambique. 

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