Schiøtz's Running Frog
Species Description: Rödel, M.-O., T. U. Grafe, V. H. W. Rudolf, and R. Ernst (2002) A review of West African spotted Kassina, including a description of Kassina schioetzi sp. nov.. Copeia 2002: 800–814.
© 2000 M.O. Roedel (1 of 1)
The color in life is olive green to beige with dark brown on the dorsum, round to oval-shaped spots; spots with fine light yellow borders; groin area yellowish orange to reddish; posterior border of eye bluish; iris golden; throat blackish; venter white.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The extremely short advertisement call is tonal with an upward frequency sweep characteristic of the genus Kassina. Most notably, calls of K. schioetzi are tonal with only one male from Mont Péko National Park showing amplitude modulation (AM) with two pulses. Rödel (2000) reports an advertisement call from the type locality under the name K. cochranae.
In the Comoé National Park K. schioetzi males called both from the ground and elevated perches, 1-6 m above ground, typically 20-50 meters from temporary savanna ponds. In Marahoué National Park males called at least 30 m away from ponds in bushes and trees. In Mont Péko National Park calling K. schioetzi sat in bushes and trees from the immediate vicinity of pond edges to up to 50 m away. Habitats used for reproduction comprised mostly larger, heavily vegetated savanna ponds in close vicinity to gallery, secondary or islands forests. Eggs and tadpoles have been described by Rödel (1996) under the name K. cochranae.
Rödel (2000) gave further details of phenology and biology from Comoé National Park, including the defense strategy in males of feigning death.
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Lamotte, M. (1967). ''Les batraciens de la région de Gpakobo (Côte d’Ivoire).'' Bulletin de l’Institut fondamental d’Afrique noire, Série A, 29, 218-294.
Rödel, M. O. (2000). Herpetofauna of West Africa, Vol. I. Amphibians of the West African Savanna. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt, Germany.
Rödel, M.-O. (1996). Amphibien der westafrikanischen Savanne. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Rödel, M.-O., Grafe, T.U., Rudolf, V.H.W., and Ernst, R. (2002). ''A review of West African Spotted Kassina, including a description of Kassina schioetzi sp. nov. (Amphibia: Anura: Hyperoliidae).'' Copeia, 2002(3), 800-814.
Originally submitted by: Mark-Oliver Rödel, T. Ulmar Grafe, Volker H. W. Rudolf (first posted 2002-10-09)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker, Michelle S. Koo) (2021-08-22)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2021 Kassina schioetzi: Schiøtz's Running Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/6027> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jul 1, 2022.
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