Leptopelis jordani

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Leptopelis jordani
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Arthroleptidae
Genus: Leptopelis
Species: L. jordani
Binomial name
Leptopelis jordani
Parker, 1936[2]

Leptopelis jordani is a species of little-known frog in the family Arthroleptidae.[1][3][4][5] Common name Congulu forest treefrog has been coined for it.[1][3][4]

Etymology[edit]

The specific name jordani honours Karl Jordan, a German entomologist.[6] The species was described based on a specimen collected by Jordan.[2]

Distribution and taxonomy[edit]

Leptopelis jordani was described by British zoologist Hampton Wildman Parker based on a single specimen, the holotype, collected by Karl Jordan in 1934 during his expedition to Angola and Namibia.[2][7] The species is still only known from its type locality, Congulu,[1][3] near Gabela, western Angola.[7] However, there are doubts as to its taxonomic validity.[1] Parker considered it to be related to Leptopelis aubryi.[2]

Description[edit]

The holotype is an adult female measuring 62 mm (2.4 in) in snout–vent length. The head is broad with a blunt snout. The tympanum is distinct. The canthus rostralis is obtusely angular and strongly curved. Skin is smooth above but strongly granular below; there are a few granules below the ear. The limbs are short; the fingers are slightly webbed whereas the toes are nearly half-webbed. The digits have well-developed discs.[2]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

Leptopelis jordani was collected within the forest zone at an elevation of about 700–800 m (2,300–2,600 ft) above sea level.[1][2] Its ecology is otherwise unknown. Its conservation status is "Data Deficient" because there is no recent information on this species.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2014). "Leptopelis modestus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2014: e.T56259A18388559. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T56259A18388559.en. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Parker, W. H. (1936). "Dr. Karl Jordan's expedition to South-West Africa and Angola: Herpetological collections". Novitates Zoologicae. Tring. 40: 115–146. 
  3. ^ a b c Frost, Darrel R. (2016). "Leptopelis jordani Parker, 1936". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Leptopelis jordani Parker, 1936". African Amphibians. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "Leptopelis jordani". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2008. Retrieved 1 December 2016. 
  6. ^ Bo Beolens; Michael Watkins; Michael Grayson (22 April 2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 176. ISBN 978-1-907807-42-8. 
  7. ^ a b Jordan, Karl (1936). "Dr. Karl Jordan's expedition to South-West Africa and Angola. Narrative". Novitates Zoologicae. Tring. 40: 17–62.