Kivu Reed Frog
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H. kivuensis and H. balfouri are quite similar and have overlapping ranges. They differ in that H. balfouri is larger, with a different dorsal pattern and with small dorsal asperities in males. H. balfouri has a dark line on the snout above the canthus rostralis, while H. kivuensis has a dark line beneath the canthus rostralis.
According to Poynton and Broadley (1987), some specimens of H. kivuensis may resemble H. quinquevittatus, although the latter is generally much smaller and slimmer. Also according to Poynton and Broadley (1987), my (1975) records from southern Malawi are H. quinquevittatus, not H. kivuensis. This would mean that the ranges of H. kivuensis and H. tuberilinguis do not overlap.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola, Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, South Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The eggs are placed out of water. They are white with a small black pole. The jelly is milky.
Poynton, J. C. and Broadley, D. G. (1987). ''Amphibia Zambesiaca 3. Rhacophoridae and Hyperoliidae.'' Annals of the Natal Museum, 28, 161-229.
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT schiotz.dk), *
First submitted 2001-01-29
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius kivuensis: Kivu Reed Frog <http://amphibiaweb.org/species/540> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 23, 2020.
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