Afrixalus sylvaticus
family: Hyperoliidae

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 2)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A small Afrixalus (males 18–21 mm, females 22–24 mm) from the forests of south-east Kenya with a light dorsum and a broad, irregular transversal dark lumbar band; tibia light with a dark band. Males without dorsal spines. This form resembles A. uluguruensis, but the absence of dorsal spines and its different voice distinguishes this form. I doubt whether this forest form is closely related to the other members of the so-called sylvaticus superspecies sensu Pickersgill.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Kenya, Tanzania, United Republic of


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The species occurs from southeastern Kenya through northern coastal Tanzania.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This little Afrixalus was abundantly present sitting on leaves of bushes growing in and around a water-filled depression in the forest floor. The voice consists of a short series of distinct clicks at a rate of about 12 per second, with an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at 4000–4500 cps.

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

Distribution information updated by A. Schiøtz, 2008.


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

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

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Afrixalus sylvaticus <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed May 20, 2019.

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