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M 35-43 mm. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye or between eye and nostril. Hand with a trace of webbing, foot webbing 1(0-1), 2i(0.75-1.5), 2e(0-1), 3i(1-2), 3e(0-1), 4i/e(1), 5(0). Males with nuptial pads. Dorsal skin with distinct tubercles and ridges and laterally with dermal fringes. Colour cream with a large dark brown marking. Distinct changes from light day colour to darker night colour.
Similar species: The lateral fringes on the body are unique, and the species could only be mistaken for a Spinomantis.
Tadpoles that have tentatively assigned to this species (invariably present at all the localities where the adults were found, and also in the same microhabitat frequented by adults in reproduction)have a colour grey to black with a yellow or golden band at midbody and a yellow or golden tip of thesnout. The contrasting colour of the tadpoles may be aposematic, but there are no observations to support this speculation. At midlength of the tail, the height is about ¼ of the tail length and the height of the musculature represents 1/3 of the tail height. In the anterior part of the tailthe musculature is thickened. The body is slightly flattened dorsoventrally. The spiracular opening is situated on the left side and pointed upwards. The tooth formula is 1/5+5//1+1/2 or 1/5+5//3 for the tadpole stages 26-32 and 1/4+4//1+1/2 or 1/4+4//3.
Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).