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This form is very similar in appearance and habitat preference to the western H. concolor and to the Central African H. kivuensis. Its range overlaps both, however, without signs of hybridisation. H. balfouri differs from H. concolor in the colour of the females (uniform green in H. concolor) and by the conspicuous middorsal stripe in areas where the two overlap. For differences between H. balfouri and H. kivuensis, see the latter.
The western populations from Cameroun often have a conspicuous dark middorsal stripe, a feature only seen on a few of the eastern specimens. The Cameronese form is normally termed H. b. viridistriatus Monard 1951 while the eastern form from eastern R. D. Congo, south-western Ethiopia and Uganda, is termed H. b. balfouri. If there is a gradual transition between them in the unexplored areas in between, there is hardly any reason to maintain the subspecies.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-01-10
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
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