Afrixalus aureus Pickersgill, 1984
Golden Dwarf Reed Frog, Golden Spiny Reed Frog, Umgqagqa oyigolide (Zulu)
|Species Description: Pickersgill, M. (1984). Three new Afrixalus (Anura: Hyperoliidae) from south-eastern Africa. Durban Museum Novitates 13: 203–220.|
Taxonomic Notes: Pickersgill (1984, Durban Museum Novitates) recognized two subspecies of A. aureus: A. a. aureus and A. a. crotalus. More recently, these have been treated as distinct species by authors such as DuPreez & Carruthers (2017, Frogs of Southern Africa, A Complete Guide), Channing & Rödel (2019, Field Guide to the Frogs & Other Amphibians of Africa), and Lawson et al. (2018, Herpetology Notes). Neither A. aureus or A. crotalus have been included in recent phylogenetic analyses of Afrixalus (e.g., Greenbaum et al., 2022, Zootaxa; Charles et al., 2019, Journal of Biogeography), though the unpublished thesis by Reeder (2019; North-West University) found A. aureus to be sister to A. delicatus.
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Pickersgill (2007) divided this species into two subspecies of which the above description refers to the nominate form, Afrixalus aureus aureus. See further about A. a. crotalus on its species account.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Eggs are white and deposited in a folded, glued leaf above the water (Schiøtz 1999).
Phaka, F.M., Netherlands, E.C., Kruger, D.J.D., Du Preez, L.H. (2019). Folk taxonomy and indigenous names for frogs in Zululand, South Africa. J Ethnobiology Ethnomedicine 15, 17. [link]
Pickersgill, M. (2007). Frog Search: Results of Expeditions to Southern and Eastern Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-01)
Description by: Michelle S. Koo (updated 2023-11-10)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker, Michelle S. Koo (2023-11-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2023 Afrixalus aureus: Golden Dwarf Reed Frog <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/443> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 5, 2023.
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