Habitat and Ecology
Habitat and Ecology
This species inhabits the Savanna and Grassland biomes (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
Predators include various birds, snakes, terrapins, spiders and other frogs, while prey consists mainly of flying insects (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
Life History and Behavior
Within five days of being hatched tadpoles leave the egg capsule (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
Males call from elevated positions, near the tops of sedges and reeds, and frequently engage in territorial disputes (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
H. acuticeps breeding takes place in the wet season, in shallow coastal pans, vleis and inundated grassland with dense, emergent and or littoral vegetation (Poynton 1964; Lambiris 1989; Passmore and Carruthers 1995; pers.obs.). Females deposit 60–292 eggs, in groups of 2–20, on submerged leaves or roots (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Hyperolius acuticeps
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 1
Species With Barcodes: 1
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
Red List Criteria
IUCN Red List Category and Justification of Conservation Status
H. acuticeps is considered Least Concern. A major threat to this species is habitat loss through the drainage of wetlands for agricultural and urban development (Text from Minter et al., 2004, © SI/MAB Biodiversity Program).
Hyperolius acuticeps is a species of frogs found in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and possibly Botswana, the Central African Republic, Chad, Namibia, and Swaziland. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, temperate shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, temperate grasslands, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grasslands, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grasslands, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grasslands, rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, urban areas, heavily degraded former forests, water storage areas, and ponds. It is threatened by habitat loss.
- Schiøtz, A., Channing, A., Largen, M., Howell, K. & Lötters, S. 2004. Hyperolius acuticeps. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 July 2007.
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