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Hyperolius pictus
Variable Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
A medium-sized Hyperolius (both sexes 23-29 mm) from the savannas at high altitude in southern Tanzania and northern Malawi. Dorsum with a very variable pattern in beautiful subdued brown and green colours. Dorsum from pure brown to brown with three green longitudinal stripes, sometimes irregular or broken up into spots, to pure green. Ventrum yellow to orange. Juveniles are brown with three regular lines. Pupil horizontal.

H. pictus is a characteristic element in the East African highland fauna. Green-backed specimens may resemble H. v. marginatus but they have a longer snout, a much smaller gular flap and more reduced webbing. Brown-backed specimens may be similar to unpatterned H. puncticulatus. H. puncticulatus are, however, larger than H. pictus and with more extensive webbing.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic of, Zambia

 

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Open grassland in highlands of southern Tanzania, northern Malawi and north-eastern Zambia.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call consists of alternating slow and fast unmelodic creaks, uttered with rather long intervals. Both types of call consist of a number of figures with a very indistinct frequency-intensity maximum.

The eggs are placed in batches of 60-90 in vegetation above water.

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 2001-01-29
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius pictus: Variable Reed Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/565> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 22, 2017.



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