Brown Banana Frog
The Brown Banana Frog (Afrixalus dorsalis), also known as the Striped Spiny Reed Frog, is an anuran in the Hyperoliidae family. It is found in Angola, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and possibly Togo.
Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marshes, rural gardens, heavily degraded former forest, ponds, seasonally flooded agricultural land, and canals and ditches.
All anurans of the region are under pressure from habitat destruction and the expanding human population; moreover, an extended period of warfare and instability in Angola has hindered regional conservation efforts. However, this species may be one of the few beneficiaries of widespread deforestation, since it thrives in grasslands and degraded former forests.
- C. Michael Hogan. 2013. Afrixalus dorsalis. African Amphibians Lifedesk. ed. B.Zimkus
- A. Schiøtz, Amiet, J.-L., Burger, M. & Rödel, M.-O. 2004. Afrixalus dorsalis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 July 2007.
- World Wildlife Fund, & C.M. Hogan. 2007. Angolan Miombo woodlands. Encyclopedia of Earth, National Council for Science and the Environment, Washington DC, ed. M.McGinley.
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