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Arthroleptis kidogo
Tiny Squeaker Frog
family: Arthroleptidae
 
Species Description: Blackburn DC 2009 Description and phylogenetic relationships of two new species of miniature Arthroleptis (Anura: Arthropletidae) from the eastern arc mountains of Tanzania. Bulletin Mus Comp Zool 517:1-17.

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Tanzania, United Republic of

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Etymology

The specific epithet 'kidogo' is Kiswahili for ‘‘very small.’’ The name refers to the fact that this is among the smallest species of speaker frogs of the genus Arthroleptis (Blackburn, 2009).


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Distribution

This species is known only from the Nguru Mountains of the Eastern Arc Mountains of Tanzania (Blackburn, 2009; Harper et al., 2010).


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Size

A. kidogo is one of the smallest Arthroleptis species with SVL < 15 mm (Harper et al., 2010). The holotype measured 14.1 mm, and the paratype measured 13.9 mm; both specimens were gravid females (Blackburn, 2009).


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Diagnostic Description

This is a very small Arthroleptis with a broad head. The undersurfaces of the thighs are dark with light gray spots. The tympanum is visible and less than ½ the diameter of the eye. A dark mark runs above the tympanum and past the arm. There is a very dark brown spot in the groin. The throat and ventral surface are mottled with light and dark gray markings. Toe tips are expanded and pointed. Finger tips are pointed, but not expanded (Text from Harper et al., 2010).


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Comparisons

It is very similar to A. fichika, but has a strongly reticulated dark and light pattern on the throat (Harper et al., 2010).


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Habitat and Ecology

This species is found within leaf litter within forests and is known only from the type locality in the Nguru Mountains at an elevation of 830 m (Blackburn, 2009; Harper et al., 2010).


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