Leptopelis macrotis Schiøtz, 1967

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

Leptopelis macrotis Schiøtz, 1967, Spolia Zool. Mus. Haun., 25: 46. Holotype: ZMUC R075568, by original designation. Type locality: "Gola Forest Reserve, Sierra Leone".

English Names

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

Large-eared Tree Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 214).

Distribution

Rainforests from central Sierra Leone and southern Guinea through Liberia and Ivory Coast to southern Ghana. See comment. 

Comment

See statement of geographic range, habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 618. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 251–252, provided an account and map. Rödel, Emmrich, Penner, Schmitz, and Barej, 2014, Zoosyst. Evol., 90: 21–31, discussed the taxonomic status of this taxa and noted that currently there is a considerable issue as to application of names due to the uncertainty of what clade actually occurs at the type locality of Leptopelis millsoni. These authors suggested maintaining the nomenclatural status quo until appropriate molecular and/or acoustic data could be gathered. Deichmann, Mulcahy, Vanthomme, Tobi, Wynn, Zimkus, and McDiarmid, 2017, PLoS One, 12 (11: e0187283): 15, noted an unnamed lineage from Rep Congo they referred to Leptopelis cf. macrotis.  Rödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 20, reported this species from the Krahn-Basa Proposed Protected Area in southeastern Liberia and the Foya Proposed Protected Area in western Liberia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 214–215, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kanga, Kouamé, Zogbass, Gongomin, Agoh, Kouamé, Konan, Adepo-Gourène, Gourène, and Rödel, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15: 71–107, commented on conservation status, identification, range, and habitat on the Ivory Coast side of Mont Nimba.

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