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Afrixalus knysnae
Knysna Spiny Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Endangered (EN)
CITES No CITES Listing
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

 

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Description
A small (25 mm) Afrixalus from southern South Africa. Voice a buzzing. Dorsum an overall golden with irregular longitudinal brown stripes and spots. Sides of head and body brown. Dorsum of breeding males covered with conspicuous dark asperities, females smooth. Ventrum cream-coloured or pale yellow. The vocal sac is yellow.
Voice. – Groups of calling males congregate among reeds and on water-lily leaves some distance from the banks in water which is about 30 cm deep. Voice a long trill or buzz, a soft, insect-like protracted “greeek” produced continuously for 15 to 20 seconds. It can only be heard a few feet away.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa

 

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South-eastern Cape Coast where it occurs in shallow open water characteristically in association with Arum lilies.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development. – The eggs are placed on submerged leaves which are then glued together.

Comments
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.

References

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.



Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-01-01
Edited by Arie van der Meijden (2008-09-09)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Afrixalus knysnae: Knysna Spiny Reed Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/453> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 24, 2017.



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