Callixalus pictus

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Callixalus pictus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hyperoliidae
Genus: Callixalus
Laurent, 1950
Species:
C. pictus
Binomial name
Callixalus pictus
Laurent, 1950

Callixalus pictus is a species of frog in the family Hyperoliidae.[2] It is monotypic within the genus Callixalus.[3][4] It is found in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (including the Itombwe Mountains) and western Rwanda. It is sometimes known as the African painted frog.[2]

Description[edit]

Males grow to 37 mm (1.5 in) and females 43 mm (1.7 in) in snout–vent length. Dorsum is warty and chocolate brown to almost black and has many small orange or golden spots. There is no vocal sac; the males appear to be mute.[5]

Habitat and conservation[edit]

The natural habitats of Callixalus pictus are high-altitude forests, especially bamboo forests, above 2,100 m (6,900 ft) asl but more commonly only above 2,400 m (7,900 ft). During the day time they hide in broken bamboo stumps or between the bark and the moss covering tree trunks.[1][5]

Callixalus pictus is threatened by habitat loss caused by agriculture, livestock farming, wood extraction, and expanding human settlements.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Callixalus pictus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2013: e.T56091A16937397. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T56091A16937397.en. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Callixalus pictus Laurent, 1950". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  3. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2015). "Callixalus Laurent, 1950". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Hyperoliidae". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Callixalus pictus". AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation. [web application]. Berkeley, California: AmphibiaWeb. 2015. Retrieved 18 May 2015.