Arthroleptis stridens
family: Arthroleptidae
Species Description: Pickersgill, M 2007 Frog Search; results of expeditions to southern and eastern Africa. Edition Chimaira. Frankfurt-am-Main

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

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


From the Encyclopedia of Life account:


This species is 18 – 19 mm in snout-vent length (Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda

Diagnostic Description

This is a very small brown frog with variable markings. It usually exhibits a light triangle on the snout and darker diamonds on the dorsum. The tympanum is visible and approximately ½ the diameter of the eye in adults. The diameter of the eye is roughly the same as the distance from the eye to the tip of the snout. The nostrils are closer to the tip of the snout than to the eyes. Toes and fingers are distinctly swollen, with round disks on the fingers and on the 3rd, 4th and 5th toes. Toe disks are slightly oval rather than round. The toes lack webbing. In males the 3rd finger can be as much as 3.5 times the length of the 4th finger (Text from Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda


This species is similar to A. xenodactylus and A. xenodactyloides but the head is not distinctly wedge-shaped as in A. xenodactylus, and A. stridens lacks the papillate toe tips seen in A. xenodactyloides (Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in vegetation in forest clearings and was collected at 300 m (Harper et al., 2010).

Author: Zimkus, Breda

Advertisement Call

Pickersgill (2007) describes the call as “musical, high-pitched and insect-like” in comparison to the more rasping call of A. xenodactyloides.

Author: Zimkus, Breda