AmphibiaWeb - Afrixalus aureus
Afrixalus aureus
Golden Dwarf Reed Frog, Golden Spiny Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae

© 2008 Vincenzo Mercurio (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A slender, small Afrixalus (males 17–24 mm, females 19–26 mm) with fine, dense asperities over the entire upper surfaces and in the gular region in males, confined to the head in females. The gular disc is large, squarish to semitriangular, and weakly granular. Bright golden yellow above with a brown lateral band with light speckles. Often a pair of lumbar patches which continues the broad, oblique tibial markings when legs are at rest. Sometimes a weak vertebral line and a broad, poorly defined triangular headspot. Pickersgill (2007) has divided this species into two subspecies of which the above description refers to the nominate form, Afrixalus aureus aureus.

The subspecies A. a. crotalus has reduced asperities and different tibial markings and shows a great geographical variation in pattern, including completely unmarked specimens apart from the lateral band and tibial markings. Tibia with an oblique transverse patch across only part of the exposed surface (Pickersgill 2007).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland


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The subspecies A. a. aureus occurs in eastern South Africa, and the subspecies A. a. crotalus is found in eastern Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Both subspecies are savanna forms (Pickersgill 2007).

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The voice is a series of clicks, about 13-17 per second (Pickersgill 2007).

Eggs are white and deposited in a folded, glued leaf above the water (Schiøtz 1999).

Updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


Pickersgill, M. (2007). Frog Search: Results of Expeditions to Southern and Eastern Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-01)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-30)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Afrixalus aureus: Golden Dwarf Reed Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 4, 2021.

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