Banded rubber frog
|Banded rubber frog|
|Phrynomantis bifasciatus walking on a level surface|
The banded rubber frog (Phrynomantis bifasciatus) is a species of frog in the Microhylidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, intermittent freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, water storage areas, ponds, and canals and ditches.The female can reach a maximum size of 65 mm whereas the tadpoles can reach a size of 37 mm. The maximum size of the male is yet unknown, but sizes differ from 45 mm to 68 mm.
Characteristics: Greyish underside with white spots (sometimes not apparent). Skin is smooth and rubbery. Arms and legs have reddish spots. To distinguish between gender, the male has a darker throat.
This species of Microhylid is kept in captivity.
- Minter, L., Poynton, J.C. & Balletto, E. 2004. Phrynomantis bifasciatus. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 23 July 2007.
- Prof.S.Jansen, Tuks, University of Pretoria,E. 2012.
- Van den Berg, B. Photo of Red Banded Rubber Frog, 2005
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