Astylosternus perreti

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Astylosternus perreti
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Arthroleptidae
Genus: Astylosternus
Species: A. perreti
Binomial name
Astylosternus perreti
Amiet (fr), 1978

Astylosternus perreti (common name: Perret's night frog) is a species of frog in the family Arthroleptidae. It is endemic to western Cameroon and known from Mount Manengouba and from parts of the Bamileke Highlands, at elevations of 1,200–1,400 m (3,900–4,600 ft) above sea level.[2] It is one of the few species of African frogs to have claws, used on demand, when it feels threatened.[3][4]


The specific name perreti honours Jean-Luc Perret (fr), a Swiss herpetologist who has specialized in African amphibians.[5]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Its natural habitats are lower montane and submontane forests, often in very steep terrain close to torrents. It lives in or near flowing water. It is threatened by severe habitat loss.[1]


  1. ^ a b Amiet, J.-L (2004). "Astylosternus perreti". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004: e.T54422A11141430. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Astylosternus perreti Amiet, 1978". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Blackburn, D. C; Hanken, J.; Jenkins, F. A (2008). "Concealed weapons: erectile claws in African frogs". Biology Letters. 4 (4): 355–357. PMC 2610158Freely accessible. PMID 18508745. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2008.0219. 
  4. ^ Fox, Maggie (24 June 2008). "Frog species sprout claws on demand". Reuters. Washington. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (22 April 2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 166. ISBN 978-1-907807-44-2. 

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