Hyperolius castaneus Ahl, 1931
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Colour pattern very variable, but does not fall into a juvenile and a female phase. Dorsum brown to green, the green specimens often with diffuse darker rounded spots, the brown-backed specimens often with irregular black spots surrounded by bright green. A black canthal line always present. Some of the green-backed specimens have an irregular light lateral line. The brown-backed specimens have a very irregular black lateral line. Ventrum and feet yellow to reddish. Throat of males yellow. Pupil horizontal.
This is a most variable form from the central highlands. It bears a close resemblance to H. lateralis in voice and habitat preference, and some specimens may be impossible to identify. H. lateralis generally occurs at lower altitudes.
Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Uganda
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.
Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-17)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)
Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius castaneus <https://amphibiaweb.org/species/513> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Dec 2, 2023.
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