AmphibiaWeb - Phlyctimantis maculatus
Phlyctimantis maculatus (Duméril, 1853)
Red-legged kassina
family: Hyperoliidae
genus: Phlyctimantis

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Least Concern (LC)
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.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-30)
Edited by: NW (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Phlyctimantis maculatus: Red-legged kassina <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Mar 21, 2023.

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