Hyperolius lateralis Laurent, 1940
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Colour is very variable between populations. In general:
Laurent has described 11 subspecies within a very restricted range in Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Kivu. I have more than doubled the range into Uganda, north-western Tanzania and western Kenya, and my samples present as much variation as Laurent’s. This variation does not seem to resolve itself into recognisable clines and I feel therefore that the complex is, with our present knowledge, best treated as one monotypic but very variable species. Some populations of H. lateralis are very similar to H. cinnamomeoventris. H. lateralis is generally smaller, has a briefer snout and less conspicuous pattern. The voices are quite different. The similarity to H. castaneus is mentioned under that species.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-17)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius lateralis <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/543> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 27, 2023.
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