Leptopelis palmatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Leptopelis palmatus (Peters, 1868)
Taxonomic Notes: Populations from mainland Africa assigned to this species are now considered to be Leptopelis rufus.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable D2 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Robert Drewes, Arne Schiøtz
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because it is known from fewer than five locations.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species is endemic to Príncipe Island, in São Tomé and Príncipe, in the Gulf of Guinea. It is present through most of the island, up to at least 700m, and possibly up to 1,000m asl.
Countries occurrence:
Sao Tomé and Principe
Additional data:
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Population [top]

Population:It is a reasonably abundant species.
Current Population Trend:Stable
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It generally inhabits wet forest along the edges of creeks and streams. It can also be found in forest remnants and possibly in towns. It presumably buries its eggs close to water, with the tadpoles moving into pools or streams where they develop further.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There are no immediate threats, but increasing development of the island, leading to severe opening up of the habitat, is a potential future threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. This species requires close population monitoring given that it is restricted entirely to Príncipe.

Citation: Robert Drewes, Arne Schiøtz. 2004. Leptopelis palmatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56275A11438231. . Downloaded on 19 September 2018.
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