AmphibiaWeb - Afrixalus knysnae


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Afrixalus knysnae (Loveridge, 1954)
Knysna Spiny Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae
genus: Afrixalus
Species Description: Loveridge, A. (1954). "New frogs of the genera Hyperolius and Arthroleptis from South Africa." Annals of the Natal Museum 13: 95–99.
Afrixalus knysnae
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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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A small (25 mm) Afrixalus frog from southern South Africa. Dorsum an overall golden with irregular longitudinal brown stripes and spots. Sides of head and body brown. Dorsum of breeding males covered with conspicuous dark asperities, females smooth. Ventrum cream-coloured or pale yellow. The vocal sac is yellow.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: South Africa

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South-eastern Cape Coast where it occurs in shallow open water characteristically in association with Arum lilies.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development. – The eggs are placed on submerged leaves which are then glued together.

Voice. – Groups of calling males congregate among reeds and on water-lily leaves some distance from the banks in water, which is about 30 cm deep. Voice a long trill or buzz, a soft, insect-like protracted “greeek” produced continuously for 15 to 20 seconds. It can only be heard a few feet away.

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 (2021-11-02)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Afrixalus knysnae: Knysna Spiny Reed Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 22, 2024.

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