Leptopelis vannutellii (Boulenger, 1898)

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

Hylambates vannutellii Boulenger, 1898, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 2, 18: 722. Holotype: MSNG 28565, according to Capocaccia, 1957, Ann. Mus. Civ. Stor. Nat. Genova, Ser. 3, 69: 218. Type locality: "between Badditù and Dimè", Ethiopia.

Leptopelis vannutelliiAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 218.

English Names

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

Vannutelli's Tree Frog (Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 139).


Tropical deciduous forests of southwestern Ethiopian highlands, 1500-2200 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ethiopia

Endemic: Ethiopia


Largen, 2001, Tropical Zool., 14: 352, commented on distribution. 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: 291. See account, photograph, and map for Ethiopia by Largen and Spawls, 2010, Amph. Rept. Ethiopia Eritrea: 139-142. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 120, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 276–277, 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. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 222–223, 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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