A large Afrixalus (Males 28–34 mm, females 32–35 mm) from bushland in Cameroun and easternmost Nigeria. Pattern in dark brown and silverish similar to that of A. nigeriensis but with the dark middorsal band never cut straight off anteriorly and with light dorsolateral bands only sometimes confluent middorsally. Tibia with two light spots.
This species has previously been regarded as a subspecies of A. osorioi, but is nowadays regarded as a full species.
According to Amiet (1975), populations from Mt. Manengouba, Cameroun differ from the widespread populations on the plains. The form from Mt. Manengouba is smaller, the head narrower and the dark dorsal pattern reduced to a short ”exclamation mark”, or the dorsum is completely white. This population may deserve subspecific recognition or it may be regarded as an aberrant population, as is sometimes found in other Afrixalus.
The tadpole of A. paradorsalis has not been described.
The voice of A. paradorsalis is quite different from the voices of the other large Afrixalus. It consists of two, sometimes three clicks, rather than the long series in the other members of the genus.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Gabon, Nigeria
Afrixalus paradorsalis is a bushland form found in south–eastern Nigeria east of Cross River, in southern Cameroun and Gabon.
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.
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 (2008-09-09)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Afrixalus paradorsalis <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/462> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 3, 2023.
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