A large forest Hyperolius (males 32–37 mm) from central West Africa. The males have a large vocal sac which is green in life. Gular flap absent or indistinct. Pupil horizontal. Dorsum milky green, sometimes with an irregular darker pattern. A greyish, irregular canthal stripe, and often a lighter triangle on the snout. Flanks light bluish with white spots. Median part of ventrum yellow surrounded by a belt of clear blue. Ventral parts of limbs yellow to yellow-orange. Discs yellow-orange.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana
A forest species. Although difficult to find, its characteristic voice was heard in several places. Such aural records are included in the distribution map. Known from Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Males call far from water in bushes and small trees. The call consists of a rarely heard initial sound – a slow coarse creaking – and a series of slow, rather low-pitched screams with a strange acoustic quality (similar to some forest Leptopelis). The elements have a duration of 0.1 sec and consist of a large number of harmonics, about 333 cps apart, with the harmonics having a complicated pattern of intensity maxima.
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 2001-01-10)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius viridigulosus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/601> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 27, 2023.
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