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Cinnamon-bellied Reed Frog, (Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris), Family Hyperoliidae
Credit & Copyright: Dr. Bruce G. Marcot
Although common and widespread in west central Africa, the male of the cinnamon-bellied reed frog has eyes of gold, a body of bronze, and lines of yellow and black, giving it a quite striking appearance and contrasting with the nearly all-green female.
In fact, some sources refer to the species as the "dimorphic reed frog," meaning "two forms" because males and females are so dissimilar.
African reed frogs belong the Old World tree frog family Hyperoliidae.
In an earlier EPOW episode, we encountered another gem of a reed frog species also in the Congo, with striking red coloration.
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