Leptopelis bufonides Schiøtz, 1967

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

Leptopelis bufonides Schiøtz, 1967, Spolia Zool. Mus. Haun., 25: 27. Holotype: ZMUC R073369, by original designation. Type locality: "a few miles west of Bolgatanga, Ghana, near the road to Navrongo".

English Names

Savannah Forest Treefrog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 69).

Ground Tree Frog (Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 14).

Toad-like Tree Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 212).


Savannas of Senegal and central-northern Guinea to southern Mauritania, northern Cameroon, Burkina Faso, and southern Chad; expected in Ivory Coast, southern Mali, and southern Niger.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo

Likely/Controversially Present: Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger


See Amiet, 1973 "1972", Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 12: 71, and Amiet and Schiøtz, 1974, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 17: 139, for distribution, ecology, and sonogram in Cameroon. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 286, suggested that this form may be conspecific with Leptopelis bocagei. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 192–193, provided an account. Gambia record by Barnett, Emms, and Santoni, 2001, Herpetol. Bull., London, 77: 8. Padial and De la Riva, 2004, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 18: 96, suggested that this species will be found in southern Mauritania. Wanger, 2005, Salamandra, 41: 27–33, provided Gambia records. Nago, Grell, Sinsin, and Rödel, 2006, Salamandra, 42: 93–108, provided a record for Benin. Emms, Jambang, Bah, Mankali, Rödel, and Barnett, 2005, Herpetol. Bull., London, 94: 6–16, provided records for Gambia. Hillers, Loua, and Rödel, 2008, Salamandra, 44: 113–122, provided the first record for Guinea. Auliya, Wagner, and Böhme, 2012, Bonn Zool. Bull., 61: 255–281, reported the species from the Bijagos Archipelago, Guinea-Bissau. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 487–491. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 285–288, provided a brief account and map. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 212–213, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Ayoro, Segniagbeto, Hema, Penner, Oueda, Dubois, Rödel, Kabré, and Ohler, 2020, Zoosystema, 42: 547–582, discussed records, identification, and habitat in Burkina Faso. Sampaio, Velo-Antón, Martínez-Freiría, Sánchez-Vialas, Pleguezuelos, Géniez, Crochet, and Brito, 2021, Conserv. Genetics, 22: 233–248, reported the species from Mauritania. 

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