© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)
Hyperolius picturatus is a very variable species, especially from population to population. Perhaps two sympatric species are involved, one of which is large with an ill-defined gular flap, known from eastern Sierra Leone to eastern Côte d’Ivoire, and a smaller form known from eastern Sierra Leone to Ghana. In morphology this latter form seems to point towards the western H. occidentalis and the eastern H. baumanni as subspecies.
In the field Hyperolius picturatus can be distinguished from H. concolor by its smaller size and shorter snout. H. fusciventris is smaller with different colours. H. v. nitidulus from the savanna has a shorter snout and a much larger gular flap.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The eggs have a black and a white pole; the jelly is clear.
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 picturatus <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/564> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 18, 2017.
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