Cinnamon-bellied Reed Frog
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H. cinnamomeoventris is among the very few Hyperolius to be found both in forest (although in clearings) and savanna localities. There might be small morphological differences between the bushland and savanna populations and in Cameroun Amiet has noted differences in the voice between such populations. It is thus not unlikely that two very similar, cryptic species are involved.
H. cinnamomeoventris is very similar to the sympatric H. kivuensis, and some specimens may be impossible to identify. H. cinnamomeoventris is generally smaller, with a shorter snout, smaller gular flap and more distinct light dorsolateral stripe in males. In H. kivuensis both sexes have the same pattern, while in H. cinnamomeoventris the females are green. H. cinnamomeoventris is also very similar to some populations of H. lateralis. The best distinguishing character is the entirely different voice. Finally, it resembles the poorly known H. schoutedeni. The males may be inseparable, but the female of schoutedeni has the same colour-pattern as the male.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The eggs are unpigmented, the jelly milky.
Lötters, S., Gossman, V., Obame, F., and Böhme, W. (2001). ''Zur Herpetofauna Gabuns. Teil 1: Einleitung, Untersuchungsgebiet und Methodik, kommentierte Artenliste der gefundenen Froschlurche. [The herpetofauna of Gabon. Part 1: Introduction, study area and methodology, annotated species list of recorded anurans.].'' Herpetofauna (Wiesenstadt), 23, 19-34.
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)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris: Cinnamon-bellied Reed Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/518> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 23, 2019.
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