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).


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

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Eswatini, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe


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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