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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Petropedetidae
Genus: Arthroleptides
Nieden, 1911 "1910"
Type species
Arthroleptides martiensseni
Nieden, 1911 "1910"

Arthroleptides is a small genus of frogs in the Petropedetidae family.[1][2] Their common name is rocky river frogs. They are found in the mountains of East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, and probably Uganda).[1] They have been considered to belong to Petropedetes, which after exclusion of Arthroleptides is restricted to Central Africa.[3]

Arthroleptides species have distinct tympana and no external vocal sacs. Males have femoral glands, and in the breeding state, spiny nuptial excrescences. Tadpoles live on wet rocks out of water.[3]


The three species are:[1]

Also, one undescribed species from the Nguru Mountains probably exists.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c d Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Arthroleptides Nieden, 1911 "1910"". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Petropedetidae". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c Barej, M. F.; Rödel, M. O.; Loader, S. P.; Menegon, M.; Gonwouo, N. L.; Penner, J.; Gvoždík, V. C.; Günther, R.; Bell, R. C.; Nagel, P.; Schmitz, A. (2014). "Light shines through the spindrift – Phylogeny of African torrent frogs (Amphibia, Anura, Petropedetidae)". Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 71: 261–73. PMID 24239613. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2013.11.001.