Leptodactylodon bicolor 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Leptodactylodon bicolor
Species Authority: Amiet, 1971
Common Name(s):
English Mountain Egg Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Jean-Louis Amiet
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and the quality and extent of its forest habitat in Cameroon and Nigeria is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs on the southern and western edge of the Cameroon mountain range (excluding Mount Cameroon), extending to the Obudu Plateau in eastern Nigeria. In Cameroon, it is known from Mount Manenguba, Mount Nlonako, the Mbos Cliffs, Fotabong, Petit Diboum, Mount Bana, Acha Tugi near Oshie, Bafut near Bamenda, and the Rumpi Hills. Its altitudinal range is 950-1,750m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population:It is generally common in suitable habitat.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:An inhabitant of forest in the submontane zone, usually near rocky streams and springs, or on mossy talus slopes with fissures and caves. It avoids dry areas, living in places where there tends to be orographic mists during the dry season. It can survive in somewhat degraded habitats. Breeding takes place in streams in rocky areas.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: The tadpoles are eaten for human food.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The major threat to this species is forest loss due to smallholder farming activities and subsistence wood extraction. The tadpoles are eaten locally by villagers in the Rumpi Hills.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Cross River National Park in Nigeria. Further research is needed into the harvest level of tadpoles of this species from the wild.

Citation: Jean-Louis Amiet. 2004. Leptodactylodon bicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54428A11143365. . Downloaded on 22 August 2017.
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