Leptopelis mossambicus Poynton, 1985

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

Leptopelis mossambicus Poynton, 1985, S. Afr. J. Sci., 81: 467. Holotype: NMP 3682, by original designation. Type locality: "Maputo", Mozambique.

English Names

Brown-backed Tree Frog (Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 220; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 96).

Mozambique Tree Frog (Lambiris, 1990 "1989", Monogr. Mus. Reg. Sci. Nat. Torino, 10: 146; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 203).

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

Distribution

Savannas of southern Malawi, through the lowlands of Mozambique, eastern Zimbabwe, and Swaziland, into northern and eastern Rep. South Africa.

Comment

See Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 169-171, and Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 122-123, as well as the original publication, for discussion and misallocations of this species to other names. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 304–305, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr. 203-204, Theron and Minter, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 159-160, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 501-504, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 96-97, provided accounts. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 99-101, provided an account for Malawi. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 114–115, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Phaka, Netherlands, Kruger, and Du Preez, 2017, Bilingual Field Guide Frogs Zululand: 20, provided a photograph, Zululand regional map, and a brief account of life history and identification. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 228–229, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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