Mitchell's Reed Frog
© 2006 Michal Berec (1 of 27)
Phase J has a brownish dorsum with diffuse darker spots, Ventral surfaces yellow to orange. Phase F: Dorsum darker or lighter brown with diffuse darker spots. A broad, black-edged silverish canthal and dorsolateral line is always present from tip of snout almost to groin. A spot of the same colour is present on the heel. Ventrum yellow to orange.
The relationship with the similar, sympatric H. puncticulatus is mentioned under that species.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, United Republic of
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Eggs are laid on leaves overhanging the water in clutches of 50-100. The tadpole has papillae on the rostrum and a complex of lingual papillae that form a dense filter at the front of the mouth (Channing et. al. 1987).
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.
Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-01-29
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
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