Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Heterixalus alboguttatus

Heterixalus alboguttatus
H. alboguttatus is a species of Frog native to the island of Madagascar. It lives at lower altitudes, and is most often found in grassland and savanna areas.

This odd looking frog can be identified by its dark body with bright orange spots (and smaller, white flecks). This coloration distinguishes them from all the other species within the genus. They don't grow especially large, reaching only a few cm in length

Unfortunately, not much else is known about this frog. Reproductive information is scarce-- nothing is reported about the tadpole phase, though we do know (from dissected individuals) that a female can lay up to 500 eggs at once. Currently they are listed as being of Least concern, and they seem to be quite adaptable and not majorly affected by habitat change or the pet trade.

IUCN Status : Least Concern
Location : Madagascar
Size : Length up to 33mm
Classification :  Phylum : Chordata -- Class : Amphibia -- Order : Anura
Family : Hyperoliidae -- Genus : Heterixalus -- Species : H. alboguttatus

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