Hyperolius argus Peters, 1854
Umgqagqa i-Argusa (Zulu)
|Species Description: Peters, W. C. H. (1854). Diagnosen neuer Batrachier, welche zusammen mit der früher (24. Juli und 18. August) gegebenen Übersicht der Schlangen und Eidechsen mitgetheilt werden. Bericht über die zur Bekanntmachung geeigneten Verhandlungen der Königlich Preußischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1854: 614–628.|
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The populations from South Africa and southern Mozambique differ somewhat from those of further north: males are often brown rather than green and females often have fewer spots, sometimes with dorsolateral lines instead. That makes them almost indistinguishable from H. puncticulatus, which according to Poynton and Broadley (1987) does not penetrate that far south. Furthermore there are indications of intergradation with H. semidiscus. Males can closely resemble H. pusillus and H. viridis in pattern and morphology but are much larger.
There is a great similarity, possibly reflecting true relationship, to the West African H. guttulatus. A comparison with H. kachalolae and H. pseudargus is made under these species.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, United Republic of
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The eggs are attached to vegetation below the surface of the water according to Wager (1985). This may be caused by a rising of the water level after the eggs have been laid. About 200 eggs are laid in clusters of about 30. Tadpoles reach 48 mm and are light brown with a pale underside and mottled fins. Tooth formula 1/3.
Phaka, F.M., Netherlands, E.C., Kruger, D.J.D., Du Preez, L.H. (2019). Folk taxonomy and indigenous names for frogs in Zululand, South Africa. J Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 15, 17. [link]
Poynton, J. C. and Broadley, D. G. (1987). ''Amphibia Zambesiaca 3. Rhacophoridae and Hyperoliidae.'' Annals of the Natal Museum, 28, 161-229.
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Wager, V. A. (1985). The Frogs of South Africa. Purnell and Sons, Cape Town, South Africa.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-29)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2023-05-31)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2023 Hyperolius argus: Umgqagqa i-Argusa (Zulu) <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/502> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 22, 2023.
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