Leptopelis mossambicus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Leptopelis mossambicus Poynton, 1985
Common Name(s):
English Mozambique Tree Frog, Brown-backed Tree Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2017. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (01 December 2017). American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-14
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Poynton, J. & Minter, L.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs from southern Malawi, through the lowlands of central and southern Mozambique, southeastern Zimbabwe and Swaziland, into northern and eastern South Africa, south to Durban (though there have been no recent records south of Richard's Bay). Records from the South African-Botswanan border areas require confirmation. It is a low-altitude species.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population:It is a reasonably common species through much of its range, but it is uncommon in South Africa.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives in humid savannah woodland and coastal savannah-bush land-grass land mosaic, sometimes in the vicinity of rivers. It does not generally occur in agricultural land. It breeds in shallow, grassy pans and swamps. It makes a nest on the ground near the water. The larvae develop in the nest and then move into the water.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although this species is not seriously threatened overall, it appears to be significantly impacted in South Africa by afforestation and urban spread.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Leptopelis mossambicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56267A3036885. . Downloaded on 14 August 2018.
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