Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mount Nimba Reed Frog

In 2010 this little frog was rediscovered. It had been thought extinct since 1967, which was the last time anyone had seen one.
Hyperolius nimbae

Mount Nimba Reed Frogs are named for the fact that they have only been found at the foot of Mount Nimba in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa. It is speculated that they may also live in Guinea and Liberia, but no one has yet confirmed this.

Mount Nimba Reed Frogs live in lowland forests near swamps and bodies of water. They have red limbs that make them rather visible.

The species is listed as Endangered, and though parts of Mount Nimba are protected as a nature reserve, the site could use better protection and regulation. The Reed Frog is not the only threatened species in the area. Other residents include Chimpanzees and toads that give live birth!

IUCN Status : Endangered
Location : West Africa
Size : Length 1.3in (3.3cm)
Classification : Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Amphibia -- Order : Anura
Family : Hyperoliidae -- Genus : Hyperolius -- Species : H. nimbae

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