Leptopelis oryi

Leptopelis oryi, also known as the Garamba forest treefrog and Ory's tree frog, is a species of frog in the family Arthroleptidae. It is found in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northwestern Uganda, and adjacent South Sudan.[3][4] It is morphologically similar to Leptopelis nordequatorialis from Cameroon,[5][6] and has also been considered its synonym, but is currently treated as a distinct species.[1][3][4][5][6] The specific name oryi honours Albert Ory, warden in the Garamba National Park,[2][7] the type locality of this species.[3]

Leptopelis oryi
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Arthroleptidae
Genus: Leptopelis
L. oryi
Binomial name
Leptopelis oryi
Inger, 1968[2]


Adult males measure 29–43 mm (1.1–1.7 in) and adult females 42–58 mm (1.7–2.3 in) in snout–vent length.[2][5][6] The overall appearance is stout. The head is as wide as the body or narrower. The snout is rounded. The tympanum is distinct. The tips of the digits are dilated into distinct discs. The fingers have no webbing whereas the toes have reduced webbing. Males do not have pectoral glands[2] (present in L. nordequatorialis[3]). The dorsum is pale brown with three narrow darker dorsal and one dark lateral stripe. Males have pale vocal sac. The eyes are golden brown.[4]

The male advertisement call is a single, loud, low-pitched clack.[4]

Habitat and conservationEdit

Leptopelis oryi occurs in dense, humid savanna with tall grass and scattered bushes. In the dry season, these frogs are found buried in soil and under rocks, while during the wet season, males can be found perched high up in grass or on branches. They presumably lay eggs in a nest on the ground near water.[1]

Leptopelis oryi is a poorly known species known from few collections, but it appears to be reasonably abundant where it has been encountered. It is present in the Garamba National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo). There is no information on specific threats to this species.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Leptopelis oryi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T56274A18389652. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d Inger, Robert F. (1968). Amphibia. Exploration du Parc National de la Garamba, Mission H. de Saeger. 52. Kinshasa: National Parks of Belgian Congo. pp. 118–123.
  3. ^ a b c d e Frost, Darrel R. (2020). "Leptopelis oryi Inger, 1968". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.1. American Museum of Natural History. doi:10.5531/db.vz.0001. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d Channing, Allan & Rödel, Mark-Oliver (2019). Field Guide to the Frogs & other Amphibians of Africa. Cape Town: Struik Nature. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-77584-512-6.
  5. ^ a b c "Leptopelis oryi". AmphibiaWeb. University of California, Berkeley. 2008. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  6. ^ a b c Schiøtz, A. (1998). "Leptopelis oryi Inger, 1968". African Amphibians. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
  7. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael & Grayson, Michael (2013). The Eponym Dictionary of Amphibians. Pelagic Publishing. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-907807-42-8.