A small (18–23 mm) Afrixalus from the savannas of West Africa to north-eastern R. D. Congo with a whitish to yellow dorsum and a thin dark vertebral line, at least on the hindpart of the body. A broader dark lateral stripe from tip of snout to groin present. This is the only small Afrixalus in the western and central African savanna with such markings.
Voice: The calling site seems to be dense, rather low grass growing on soil flooded by a few centimetres of water. The species is very inconspicuous and does not occur in large numbers. The voice is a quiet high-pitched buzzing. The call consists of a succession of figures, 43–45 per second with an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at about 4000–4500 cps.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Benin, Cameroon, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan
A typical savanna species, found infrequently both in the humid, rather dense guinea woodland and the open dry savanna. Known from a few localities widely scattered over West Africa as far east as Garamba N. P. and Ituri in eastern R. D. Congo.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development: Small batches of about 10 unpigmented eggs are placed in transversally folded grass leaves, glued together by the jelly. The tooth formula of the tadpole is 0/1. Newly metamorphosed frogs have a length of 10,5 mm.
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 2000-12-25)
Edited by: Arie van der Meijden (2008-09-09)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Afrixalus weidholzi <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/470> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 24, 2023.
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