Kassina cassinoides
family: Hyperoliidae

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 5)

  hear call (409.2K MP3 file)
  hear call (4501.8K WAV file)

[call details here]

Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A large Kassina (42-46 mm) from the dry savanna of West Africa, grey with six longitudinal stripes on dorsum, the two median ones close together, often more or less confluent.

This species is easy to separate from the sympatric Kassina fusca which is smaller, brown and spotted, and K. senegalensis, smaller and without a double dorsal stripe.

Voice. - The males call from the ground in large, partly flooded meadows in the dry open savanna. They tend to vocalise from mounds covered with bushes, rather than the flat ground. The voice is a typical Kassina call, but deeper, more sonorous that that of the sympatric K. senegalensis and K. fusca.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Senegal


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A species of the dry, open savanna where it is sympatric with K. senegalensis and K. fusca. Only collected in a few places and not many males were heard in the little-explored dry savanna of West Africa. Widespread throughout West Africa and Northern Cameroun, possibly also further east.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development. - A batch of 170 eggs were laid submerged (Rödel 1996). The tadpole is similar to that of other Kassinas, but apparently somewhat larger and with a higher fin than the tadpole of K. fusca.

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.

Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT, *
First submitted 2001-01-30
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Kassina cassinoides <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 28, 2020.

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