AmphibiaWeb - Hyperolius mosaicus


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Hyperolius mosaicus Perret, 1959
family: Hyperoliidae
genus: Hyperolius

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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 (24–27 mm) from the Cameroun forests. Dorsum dark olive brown with no more than four light areas, one on the snout, two on the shoulders and a larger one in the middle of the back. Often small white pearl-like spots on dorsum. A small gular flap, often light, surrounded by pigmented skin. Ventral surfaces bright yellow with much black pigmentation especially on hands and feet. Toes and discs yellow. Canthus rostralis indistinct, rounded. Pupil horizontal.

Tadpoles are dark, with a tooth formula of 1/1+1,2.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cameroon, Gabon


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Distributed in the eastern part of southern Cameroun and possibly further to the east.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call consists of clicks very similar to that of H. endjami and H. acutirostris.

Like the similar H. acutirostris it breeds in small bodies of water in trees. Batches of eggs, 10–20 in number, are deposited just above water in the gelatinous jelly. After 13 to 20 days the tadpoles drop into the water.

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 2001-01-10)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius mosaicus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Apr 13, 2024.

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