Leptopelis parkeri Barbour and Loveridge, 1928

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

Leptopelis parkeri Barbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 236. Holotype: MCZ 13597, by original designation. Type locality: "Vituru, Uluguru Mountains, Tanganyika Territory [=Tanzania]"; this locality noted to be at  approx. 6.84°S 37.75°E by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 175. 

Leptopelis martiensseni Ahl, 1929, Sitzungsber. Ges. Naturforsch. Freunde Berlin, 1929: 219. Holotype: ZMB unnumbered, according to the original publication; holotype identified as ZMB 25319 by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 177. Type locality: "Deutsch-Ost-Afrika (Tanga? oder Amani?)"; this corrected to "Magoroto, East Usambara Mountains, Tanzania, approx. 5.12°S 38.75°E", by Gvoždík, Tillack, Menegon, and Loader, 2014, Zootaxa, 3793: 177. Synonymy by Loveridge, 1957, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 117: 319–320; Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 45.

Leptopelis (Heteropelis) parkeriLaurent, 1941, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 35: 99.

Leptopelis parkeriSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 237.

English Names

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

Parker's Tree Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 208).


Rainforests of the East Arc chain in eastern Tanzania, including the East and West Usambara, Udzungwa, Nguru, Uluguru, and South Pare mountains, 200–2000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Tanzania

Endemic: Tanzania


Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 45, noted that specimens reported by Barbour and Loveridge, 1928, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 50: 236, from Tanzania as Leptopelis rufus are of this species. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 284–285, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 208-209, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 489-491, provided accounts. 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. Menegon, Doggart, and Owen, 2008, Acta Herpetol., Firenze, 3: 107-127, provided a record (Leptopelis cf. parkeri) for the Nguru Mountains of eastern Tanzania. See comments by See comments on identifications and range by Loader, Poynton, Lawson, Blackburn, and Menegon, 2011, Fieldiana, Life Earth Sci., 4: 95. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 72–73, provided a brief account for the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 226–227, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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