Frog of the Week

Argus Reed Frog (Hyperolius argus)

Argus Reed Frog
Female Argus Reed Frogs – photo by Alfeus Liman

Common Name: Argus Reed Frog, Argus Sedge Frog, or Argus-eyed Frog
Scientific Name: Hyperolius argus
Family: Hyperoliidae – Reed and Sedge Frog Family
Locations: Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, and Tanzania
Size: 1 – 1.3 inches  (27-34 mm)

The Argus Reed Frog is found along the eastern coastal lowlands of Africa in grasslands, shrublands and savannas. They are always close to a water body. The frogs are sexually dimorphic. The colors of the male frog tend to be green or yellow in color with two stripes running down the back while females are brown in color but with large spots on their back. Though in southern range of the species, the males are brown in color.

Mating takes place in the shallows of water. The female frog can lay up around 200 eggs in clutches of 30.

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assessed the Argus Reed Frog as Least Concern for Extinction. The frog has a wide range and a presumed large population.

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