Astylosternus montanus Amiet, 1978
|Species Description: Amiet , J.-L. (1977). "Les Astylosternus du Cameroun (Amphibia, Anura, Astylosternidae)." Annales de la Faculté des Sciences de Yaoundé, 23–24, 99–227.|
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The tadpoles have a total length of ~73 mm, a body length of ~22 mm with a body length to total length ratio of 33.3 ± 1.0%. The ventral-fin-height to dorsal-fin-height ratio is 6.8%. The keratodont formula is 1:2+2/2+2:1. Anterior lip papillae are small and anterior to the angles of the mouth. The posterior lip papillae are in two rows of approximately 30 triangular papillae, slightly longer than wide with rounded tips. The rostral gap is large and the jaw sheaths are massive and serrated. The upper jaw is arched with a small medial projection and the lower jaw is V-shaped (Griesbaum et al. 2019).
On Mt. Nlonako, A. montanus was found more often on the forest floor and A. diadematus and A. perreti were found more often in streams (Plath et al. 2004; Herrmann et al. 2005).
Adult dorsal coloration is brown, beige, or olive with irregular, round black spots. There is a “tiara” design on the head similar to A. diadematus. The coloration change from dorsal to ventral is gradual with no spots or marbling on the flanks. The ventral color is pale yellow, and the throat is almost entirely covered with dark spots. Dark spots are also found on the interior of the hind limbs (Amiet 1977).
The tadpoles’ coloration is brownish, and the dorsal surface is darker than the ventral one, which is more yellow. The tail is a paler brown and has a small number of dark speckles. The fins are very pale brown and semi-transparent with a longitudinal row of small spots on the margin of the dorsal fin. The jaw sheaths are black (Griesbaum et al. 2019).
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Nigeria
On Mt. Nlonako, A. montanus was found more often on the forest floor. While this species was found on the Obudu Plateau in Nigeria in the 1980’s (Gartshore, 1986), it has not been recovered in more recent surveys (Lea et al., 2005); populations reported in Reeder et al. (2011) for the Mambilla Plateau might represent A. montanus.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Male are found calling from rock cavities and sometimes from the water (Amiet 1977; IUCN 2022). Amiet (1977) described the call as "dlouk" or "hou" and "rrra."
On Mt. Nlonako and Mt Kupe, A. montanus occurs at the same sites as A. diadematus and A. perreti. On Mt. Nlonako, A. montanus was found more often on the forest floor and A. diadematus and A. perreti were found more often in streams (Plath et al. 2004; Herrmann et al. 2005).
Trends and Threats
Relation to Humans
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Originally submitted by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (2022-04-27)
Description by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (updated 2022-04-27)
Distribution by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (updated 2022-04-27)
Life history by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (updated 2022-04-27)
Trends and threats by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (updated 2022-04-27)
Relation to humans by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (updated 2022-04-27)
Comments by: Kaitlin E. Allen, Magali Zoungrana, David C. Blackburn (updated 2022-04-27)
Edited by: Ann T. Chang (2022-04-27)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2022 Astylosternus montanus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/1484> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Oct 1, 2023.
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