Acanthixalus spinosus (Buchholz & Peters, 1875)
Central African Spiny Frog
© 2008 Jean-Louis Amiet (1 of 3)
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Gabon, Nigeria
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development: The eggs are laid in a small hemispherical mass of jelly, 3–4 cm in diameter. The egg mass contains only 8–10 yellow eggs with a diameter of 2 mm, deposited a few centimetres above the water surface in the water-bodies in trees. The hatching larvae fall into the water where they spend approximately three months, feeding on the debris and algae in their little basin. Newly metamorphosed juveniles are orange above with the top of the head, a broad bar across the middle of the back and another in the lumbar region deep maroon.
Amiet, J.L. (1975). ''Ecologie et distribution des amphibiens anoures de la région de Nkongsamba (Cameroun).'' Annales de la Faculté des Sciences de Yaoundé, 20, 33-107.
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2000-12-25)
Edited by: Arie van der Meijden (2022-10-09)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2022 Acanthixalus spinosus: Central African Spiny Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/441> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 25, 2023.
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