Phlyctimantis maculata
Red-legged kassina
family: Hyperoliidae

© 2007 Dr. Peter Janzen (1 of 9)
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 very large (Males 55-65 mm) spotted Kassina from the lowlands of eastern Africa. Digital discs distinct, broader than the width of the subarticular tubercles. Dorsum grey with black oval spots delimited with a thin light line. Hidden parts of limbs, groin and armpits bright red with black spots. Ventrum whitish, sometimes darkly mottled.
Voice. - The males call, often in great numbers, while floating in water. The voice is a coarse, loud "quoick", similar to the other members of the genus, but with a low and indistinct frequency-intensity maximum.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, United Republic of


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Lowlands of eastern Africa from Kenya to near Durban, South Africa.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Development. - The eggs are attached to submerged vegetation. The tadpoles becomes large, up to 130 mm (40 + 90). The tail is high, but not as high as in K. senegalensis. Tooth formula 1/3.

This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.


Amiet, J. L. (2007). ''Les Phlyctimantis et Kassina du Cameroun.'' Revue Suisse de Zoologie, 114(1), 87-126.

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

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

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Phlyctimantis maculata: Red-legged kassina <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 23, 2019.

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