Leptopelis palmatus (Peters, 1868)

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

Hylambates palmatus Peters, 1868, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1868: 453. Holotype: ZMB 6067 according to Bauer, Günther, and Klipfel, 1995, in Bauer et al. (eds.), Herpetol. Contr. W.C.H. Peters: 43. Type locality: "Prinzensinsel (Ilha de Principer)" = Ile de Principe, São Tomé and Principe, Gulf of Guinea.

Leptopelis palmatusNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 234, 332; Perret, 1962, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 65: 238.

English Names

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

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


Principe Island, Gulf of Guinea, West Africa.


Records from the mainland are now treated as Leptopelis rufus. See comment under Leptopelis rufus. Redefined by Perret, 1973, Ann. Fac. Sci. Cameroun, 15–16: 81-90; confirmed by Loumont, 1992, Alytes, 10: 37-62. See account by Laurent, 1973, Ann. Mus. R. Afr. Cent., Tervuren, Ser. Octavo, Sci. Zool., 202: 49-50. Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 87, provided a record for Nigeria. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 290. See collection, life history, and morphological information provided by Drewes and Stoelting, 2004, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 55: 573–587. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 214–215, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Jaynes, Myers, Drewes, and Bell, 2021, Herpetol. J., 31: 162–169, reported on mtDNA,  acoustic, and morphological differences from Leptopelis rufus

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