Leptopelis fiziensis Laurent, 1973

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

Leptopelis modestus fiziensis Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 39. Holotype: MRAC 113175, by original designation. Type locality: "Mokanga, alt. 1.170 m, Terr. de Fizi, Kivu", eastern Dem. Rep. Congo.

Leptopelis fiziensisSchiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 28; Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 271.

English Names

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

Fizi Tree Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 200).


Forests on the northern end of Lake Tanganyika in eastern Dem. Rep. Congo and (see comment) western Tanzania, possibly into southern Burundi. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Tanzania

Likely/Controversially Present: Burundi


Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 200-201, provided an account. Greenbaum, Portillo, and Chifundera, 2012, Afr. J. Herpetol., 61: 113–127, suggested on the basis of molecular evidence that this is the sister species of Leptopelis karissimbensis and that the populations in Tanzania and those on the west side of Lake Tanganyika in the Dem. Rep. Congo may not be conspecific. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 271, provided an account and map. Portillo, Greenbaum, Menegon, Chifundera, and Dehling, 2015, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol., 82: 75–86, discussed the phylogeography and species boundaries of the species. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 222–223, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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