AmphibiaWeb - Hyperolius zonatus


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Hyperolius zonatus Laurent, 1958
family: Hyperoliidae
genus: Hyperolius
Hyperolius zonatus
© 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 forest Hyperolius from western West Africa, males small (24–29 mm), females large (32–41 mm). Males have a small gular flap and very little dilatable skin. Pupil horizontal. Dorsum smooth, dark brown with irregular lighter brown, dark-edged transverse bars. Ventrum pure white. The larger females tend to be more uniformly-patterned and yellowish.

The tadpole has the usual tooth formula of 1/1+1, 2. The larval tail is very long and both body and tail are heavily pigmented.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, Sierra Leone

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A forest species, breeding in small pools with stagnant water in the dense forest. It is apparently rather abundant within a limited area in the western part of West Africa, from eastern Sierra Leone to central Côte d’Ivoire.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call is a very quiet buzzing, probably only audible at close quarters.

Eggs are large and unpigmented, surrounded by a milky jelly.

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

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius zonatus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 17, 2024.

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