AMPHIBIAWEB
Hyperolius substriatus
family: Hyperoliidae
 
Species Description: Pickersgill M 2007 Frog Search. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

© 2015 Martin Pickersgill (1 of 10)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

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

 

View distribution map using BerkeleyMapper.

   

From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Taxonomic Notes

Most of the literature before 2007, as well as Harper et al. (2010), describe this species as Hyperolius puncticulatus, but Pickersgill (2007) suggested this is actually a synonym of H. parkeri, and all mainland records refer to H. substriatus.


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Size

Males are 21–29 mm and females are 30–37 mm in snout-vent length (Harper et al., 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Diagnostic Description

Color pattern is highly variable. The dorsum is typically orange with light canthal and dorsolateral stripes that are often outlined in black. The dorsolateral stripes extend almost to the vent in some individuals, and continue as a series of spots in others. One or two spots may also be present along the middle of the dorsum. An alternate morph consists of orange individuals with black reticulations, although this pattern is less common. In a third morph, the dorsum is covered in yellow spots outlined in black, with very little orange showing through. The throat of males is orange and the ventral surface is yellow. Males have a yellow gular flap (Text from Harper et al., 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Comparisons

It is similar to H. mitchelli in size and coloration, but lacks the light spots on the heels (Text from Harper et al., 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Habitat and Ecology

It is found in dry and moist forest, savanna and shrubland at elevations from 0 - 2000 m; it tolerates some degree of habitat alteration (Harper et al., 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Advertisement Call

The call is a series of short high-pitched clicks (Harper et al., 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/

Reproduction

Males call while perched on emergent vegetation in permanent and temporary pools. Females attach masses of pigmented eggs to vegetation above water. Clutch size has not been recorded, and the tadpoles have not been described (Harper et al., 2010).


Author: Zimkus, Breda
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/