A medium-sized (Males 39-43 mm) Phlyctimantis from the Eastern Arc Mountains, Tanzania with an almost smooth dorsum, small discs and reduced webbing.
Colour in life. - Dorsum blackish with olive tinge. Minute white spots on tiny warts. Ventrum mottled in black and light bluish. Hidden parts of limbs striped or mottled in black and orange-red. Iris dark olive brown.
Many males were heard calling around small artificial ponds in very open farmland. The males would sit concealed in grass-tufts near the water's edge and be very hard to locate. If disturbed they quietly slip into the water. The voice is typical of the group, but of a purer tonal quality than that of P. verrucosus.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Tanzania, United Republic of
Abundant in very open farmland far from any forest. Also found in or near forests. Only known from the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania.
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The newly metamorphosed froglets are large, snout-vent 28 mm.
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 2001-02-12)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Phlyctimantis keithae <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/3703> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 26, 2023.
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