Hildebrandtia ornatissima
family: Ptychadenidae
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola


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From the Encyclopedia of Life account:


This species is named for the Latin 'ornatus' meaning adorned and the superlative '-issima.'

Author: Zimkus, Breda


The following is a translation of the original description by Bocage (1879) by B. Zimkus:

Nearly the magnitude of our R. temporaria of Europe. Head as long as broad, slightly prominent nose, large tongue, scalloped backwards, two groups of vomerine teeth located at the inner corner of the open posterior nostrils separated by an interval nostrils equidistant from the tip of the snout and eye, tympanum distinct, less in diameter than the eye opening, no parotid or glandular folds on the back, finely granular skin above and below; hind limbs and toes moderately long, they meet at the base with a small webbing, the 4th toe much longer than the 3rd and 5th, which are equal, a prominent, flattened tuber on the inner edge of the metatarsal.

Dimensions. Head length 21 millimeters; trunk 45 m.; of forelimbs 33 m.; of hind limbs 98 m.

Coloration. It is very difficult to grasp, otherwise than by a figure, the quite complicated coloring system, of this beautiful species. On the head, its back, the middle part of the flanks and the upper legs are a tinge of green light that in alcohol tends to change to gray; the flanks, part of the side of the head and edges of the extremities are a pink-lilac; lower regions are a greenish-yellow, which is also found on the anus, the posterior thigh and the inside of legs a more lively ocher. Numerous, varied and symmetrical deep black spots present on back and sides, the dorsal surface of the limbs and throat; a wide band present from the end of the snout, through the eyeand ending on the angle of the jaw after passing the eardrum, which is also black; two spots forming an elongated chevron in the middle of the back behind the head, followed further back another pair of elongated spots; various spots on the flanks, spots and transverse bands on the limbs and finally an elongated spot on the center of the throat and two on each side form a pattern very characteristic. Palms and soles blackish.

Author: Zimkus, Breda