AmphibiaWeb - Hyperolius kachalolae


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Hyperolius kachalolae Schiøtz, 1975
Kachalola Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae
genus: Hyperolius
Hyperolius kachalolae
© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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A medium-sized Hyperolius (males 26-29 mm) from the savanna in Zambia. Both sexes green to brownish with a thin red canthal and dorsolateral line. Males with a large flat turquoise gular flap. Pupil horizontal.

H. kachalolae is similar to H. argus, but there are a number of differences. It is smaller, with a larger gular flap, more reduced webbing, different colour of the extended gular sac and a different female coloration. The voice is also different.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi, Zambia

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Collected in a rather dense savanna, where the males would call from scattered trees and grass stems. Only known from a few localities in Zambia and Malawi.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call consists of single screams with a peculiar tonal quality. The single call has a long duration (0.1 sec) and an acoustical structure made up of a number of harmonics 4-500 cps. apart.

It seems likely that the name H. kachalolae is a junior synonym of H. bocagei (Schiøtz & Van Daelen 2003)

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.

Schiøtz, A. and Von Daele, P. (2003). ''Notes on the treefrogs of the North-Western Province, Zambia.'' Alytes, 20(3-4), 137-149.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-29)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-12)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius kachalolae: Kachalola Reed Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 17, 2024.

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