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A terrestrial grassland inhabitant from the Itombwe highlands in R. D. Congo, males small (19–24 mm), females large (27–34 mm). Dorsum green and brown with black dots and with a metallic sheen similar to that of some beetles. There is no distinctive juvenile pattern.

This species has lumbar amplexus, a unique character among the Hyperoliidae.

First described by Laurent (1951). Laurent (1964) suggested that C. cupreonitens is a specialised offshoot from Hyperolius castaneus.

This account was taken primarily from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.


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