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November 17, 2013


Brown male reed frog (amphibian) with orange digits perhaps Hyperolius balfouri. The call is one sharp click. It has a yellowish vocal sac and light green spots on the back. Specimen also resembles Hyperolius castaneus but that would be far out of range as the species has never been recorded in Kampala or around lake Victoria. The site is a degraded wetland usually water logged in a builtup slum area. There is a spring well nearby and a storm water drainage channel pouring into Lubigi channel. This gives a glimpse into the diversity of amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds in the unsampled Lubigi wetland -one of the remaining wetlands in Kampala but rapidly being degraded.

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Description from Wikipedia

Hyperolius balfouri is a species of frog in the Hyperoliidae family. It is found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, possibly Chad, and possibly Nigeria. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, and heavily degraded former forest. It is threatened by habitat...

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Conservation Summary

    Source: IUCN 2011. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. . Downloaded on 10 November 2011.
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