A small (Males 20–23 mm, females 23 mm) Afrixalus from south-western Ethiopia where it is found at the edge of tropical deciduous forests at an altitude of 1750–1800 m. Dorsum green, rarely brownish, with broad dark brown lateral stripes and usually a trace of dorsolateral dark lines.
The males have a well-developed gular pouch with a small gland. Large dark asperities often situated on a pale spot are concentrated on the posterior region of the back and upper surface of the tibia, and smaller and more scattered spines may extend forward onto the upper eyelid and snout. Large asperities are found at the base of the thigh, smaller ones on the chin, gular flap and sometimes on the chest and abdomen. The females have a few large but colourless asperities on the snout and upper eyelid. Mature males have a concentration of pale glandules on the inner surface of the forearm, extending onto the upper surfaces of the first, second and occasionally third fingers. Pectoral glands absent.
Voice. – The voice consists of an initial creak followed by a small number of metallic clicks, emitted at a rate of 7–8 per second and with an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum of 3000–3500 cps.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Ethiopia
Occurs in south-western Ethiopia where it is found at the edge of tropical deciduous forests at an altitude of 1750–1800 m.
This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, 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: Arie van der Meijden (2008-09-09)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Afrixalus clarkei <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/445> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 6, 2023.
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