Amietia tenuoplicata
Amani River Frog
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae
Species Description: Pickersgill, M 2007 Frog Search; results of expeditions to southern and eastern Africa. Edition Chimaira. Frankfurt-am-Main

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

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


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From the Encyclopedia of Life account:


Females are 57-87 mm in snout-vent length, and males are smaller (Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda

Diagnostic Description

This is a large frog with long legs and distinct dorsolateral folds. The dorsum is smooth and brown, often with dark spots. There is a dark line from the snout to the eye that continues as a larger band from the eye, over the tympanum to the corner of the mouth. A light fold of skin extends from the eye over the tympanum to the base of the arm. The tympanum is visible and slightly smaller than the eye. Toe tips are not expanded. The tibia is slightly longer than ½ SVL. The second finger is shorter than the first. One to two segments of the fourth toe are unwebbed. The ventral surface is light, sometimes with dark mottling on the throat. Males in breeding condition have darkly pigmented nuptial pads (Text from Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in forest streams at elevations between 750 and 1000 m (Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda


Eggs are laid on the edges of streams. Larvae hatch and develop in the water (Text from Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda