Wild’s egg frog was described in 2000, but little is known about this Critically Endangered EDGE species.
The egg frog genus Leptodactylodon diverged from all other amphibians about 70 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous. This was around 5 million years before the extinction of the dinosaurs, making them as closely-related to other frogs as camels are to whales!
Wild’s egg frog is likely under threat of extinction due to forest clearing for smallholder farming and logging. However, it is not known whether the species can persist in disturbed and degraded habitat. This species is listed as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List due to its entire range encompassing only 60 km2, and its habitat is in decline in terms of both quality and availability. Unfortunately, the frog is not known to occur in any protected areas.
- Order: Anura
- Family: Arthroleptidae
- Trend: decreasing
This species is known only from the Bakossi Mountains in western Cameroon, between 1,000–1,350 m above sea level. Though it may be more widespread, ts entire range is currently thought to be around 60 km2.
Habitat and Ecology
Wild’s egg frog lives in montane forest, often close to small streams, and breeding occurs in springs and rivulets by larval development.