Leptopelis ragazzii (Boulenger, 1896)

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

Hylambates ragazzii Boulenger, 1896, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 16: 554. Holotype: MSNG 28866, according to Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 218. Type locality: "Shoa" Province, Ethiopia.

Leptopelis ragazziiLargen, 1977, Monit. Zool. Ital., N.S., Suppl., 9: 351.

English Names

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

Ragazzi's Tree Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 138).


Montane forests in the Ethiopian Highlands on both sides of the Rift Valley, as far west as the Keffa Zone of southwestern Ethiopia, at 1930–3010 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 351-352, discussed distribution and identifications. 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 account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 138. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 274–276, provided a brief account and map. Reyes-Velasco, Manthey, Freilich, and Boissinot, 2018, Mol. Ecol., 27: 2256–2270, discussed the molecular phylogenetics of the species of the Ethiopian highlands, showing showing Leptopelis ragazzii, Leptopelis vannutellii, and Leptopelis yaldeni to form a monophyletic group. Tiutenko and Zinenko, 2019, Herpetozoa, Wien, 32: 51–55, reported on larval morphology. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 224–225, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kassie Teme, Bekele Simegn, and Afework Bogale, 2022, Global Ecol. Conserv., 38 (e02211): 1–12, reported the species from Keffa Zone, southwestern Ethiopia, and discussed habitat. 

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