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Habitat and Ecology
H. cystocandicans is found in two geographically limited ecoregions: (i) East African montane moorlands and (ii) East African montane forests (Hogan, 2013). Soils are generally acidic, particularly in the moorlands ecoregion (Hogan, 2013). In both cases the elevation niche is relatively high, in the range of 2200 (where the type locality exists) to 4000 metres above mean sea level. Preferred habitat types are open farmland and high-altitude grassland. It breeds in temporary, and sometimes permanent freshwater pools. It is often found in association with Hyperolius montanus ( et al. 2004).