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Hyperolius laurenti
family: Hyperoliidae

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
A rather large forest Hyperolius (males 29–31 mm, females 38 mm) from central West Africa with an ill-developed or absent gular flap. Dorsum uniform brown or grey with a light silverish pattern of a characteristic shape and including a light triangle on the snout, or dorsum entirely light. A light spot on heel. Pupil horizontal.

H. laurenti seems to vicariate for the western H. chlorosteus, and a specimen collected in Lakota, Côte d’Ivoire, seems to show some transition in pattern. The gular flap and voice are so different however that they should be regarded as separate species.

The tadpole has a very long tail (200–250% of body length) and a tooth formula of 1/1+1,2.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana

 

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A forest species only found in central Ghana and eastern Côte d’Ivoire.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The males call from branches above small, swiftly-flowing streams. The voice is a series of high-pitched screams with a distinct insect-like quality. The voice has not been recorded.

The eggs have a brownish green and light grey pole. The jelly is clear.

Comments
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.

References

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.



Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-01-09
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius laurenti <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/545> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 20, 2017.



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