Leptopelis fiziensis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Leptopelis fiziensis
Species Authority: Laurent, 1973
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species is probably closely related to Leptopelis modestus, and is perhaps conspecific with it (Schiøtz 1999).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-09-19
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Garcia Moreno, J. & Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Howell, K. & Davenport, T.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic status, extent of occurrence and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from three localities: Mokanga, near Fizi, at 1,170 m asl in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo; Gombe Stream National Park in western Tanzania; and Senga, at 1,650 m asl, in south-western Tanzania. Records from Burundi require confirmation, but it is very likely to occur in this country. In any case, it can be expected to occur more widely, in particular in areas between the currently known sites.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Tanzania, United Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1170
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1650
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species has been found on branches in dense bush at the edge of a clearing in dry forest, from where the males were calling. In south-western Tanzania it was found in riverine forest within pristine miombo (Brachystegia spp.) woodland. This species' adaptability to altered habitats is not known. There is no information on its breeding habits, although assuming that it breeds in a similar manner to other Leptopelis species, it lays its eggs in a nest buried in mud near water, into which the larvae emerge and develop.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information on the threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is known from at least one protected area: Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Research is needed into the population status, ecology, use and trade, and threats to this species. There are also continuing uncertainties as to its taxonomic status.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Leptopelis fiziensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T56255A18387461. . Downloaded on 26 November 2015.
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