Hyperolius sheldricki

Hyperolius sheldricki

Hyperolius sheldricki, Sheldrick's reed frog, Aruba dam reed frog

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Hyperolius sheldricki

Hyperolius sheldricki (common names: Sheldrick's reed frog, Aruba Dam reed frog) is a species of small frog in the family Hyperoliidae. It is endemic to southeast Kenya. The type locality is in the Tsavo East National Park.

Animal name origin

The specific name sheldricki honours David Sheldrick, warden of Tsavo East National Park, "in appreciation of his invaluable help and hospitality over many years on occasions when we... have been at Tsavo".

Appearance

Males measure 18–24 mm (0.71–0.94 in) in snout–vent length. The vocal sac is very large and has a large, protective flap. The toes have extensive webbing. There is a fairly conspicuous conical protuberance in the upper eyelid. Regarding the colouration, there are two phases. Males in the "female" phase have dark brown stripes on a light brown background. Scattered over the back and upper parts of the arms and legs, there are dark brown spots. The belly is white. The hands, feet, femur, and tibia a dark maroon in their undersides. For males in the "juvenile" phase, the dorsum is a more or less uniform and whitish.

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References

1. Hyperolius sheldricki Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperolius_sheldricki
2. Hyperolius sheldricki on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/56205/17169751

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