Freetown Long-fingered Frog (Arthroleptis aureoli)

Freetown Long-fingered Frog
photo by Theodore Papenfuss

Common Name: Freetown Long-fingered Frog and Mount Aureol Squeaker
Scientific Name: Arthroleptis aureoli
Family: Arthroleptidae
Locations: Guinea and Sierra Leonne
Size: 0.8 to 1.2 inches (2 – 3 cm)

The Freetown Long-fingered Frog was originally found in the forests on the Free Town Peninsula. However, new populations of the frog was found in the northeast of Sierra Leonne and into Guinea. Info about the frog is hard to find. For reproduction, they are a direct developers, skipping the tadpole stage and hatching directly into froglets.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assesses the frog as Near Threatened with Extinction. They live only in two areas and the quality of the habitat is decreasing. It is close to being listed as Vulnerable to Extinction. Better protections are needed to save this beautiful creature.

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