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Arthroleptella bicolor
Bainskloof moss
family: Pyxicephalidae
subfamily: Cacosterninae

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
See IUCN account.
CITES
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

   

From the Encyclopedia of Life account:

Distribution

A. bicolor is endemic to the Riviersonderend, Du Toitsberg, Elandskloof and Limietberg mountains. It has been recorded at altitudes of 300–2000 m (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Channing, A.
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Habitat and Ecology

This frog is associated with moss and matted vegetation found in seepages and along heavily vegetated streams, often on steep slopes. It is known from montane fynbos where the winter rainfall exceeds 750 mm (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Channing, A.
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Associations

Prey consists of small arthropods (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Channing, A.
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Reproduction

Breeding commences during the winter rains, and continues until the seeps dry up in midsummer. Clutches of 8–10 eggs are laid in moss or similar vegetation in seepages (Channing 2001). Males may guard the eggs as they call from oviposition sites. The eggs develop directly into 4-mm froglets (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Channing, A.
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IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status

A. bicolor is relatively widespread, occurs in several large protected areas and is in no need of special conservation action (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).


Author: Channing, A.
License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/