IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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A medium-sized, grey-brown treefrog; males 29-36 mm, female length not recorded. Tibiotarsal articulation reaches the eye. Hands have a trace of webbing,and foot webbing shows pattern, 1(0-0.5), 2i(1), 2e(0), 3i(1), 3e(0), 4i/e(1.5-2), 5(0-0.5). Males have unpigmented nuptial pads and a weakly distensible single subgular vocal sac. Dorsal skin is smooth and can be slightly granular in breeding males. Back is grey-brown, yellowish brown or dark brown, often with minute black spots surrounded by green. Flanks have a distinct pattern of black encircling large whitish, yellowish or turquoise spots. Posterior part of the thighs is brownish. Limbs possess irregular brown crossbands. Disks of fingers and toes are orange. Throat appears yellow, belly white, and iris orange-brown. Skin on the back is finely granular. Nostrils are equidistant between the tip of snout and eye. Tympanum indistinct, tympanum/eye ratio is 1/3-2/5.

Similar species: The distinct colour pattern on the flanks allows a distinction from B. doulioti, B. tephraeomystax and B. guibei.

Taken with permission from Glaw and Vences (2007).

Blommers-Schlösser (1979a) described a species (B. hillenii) that was supposed to occur syntopically with B. idae and differed almost exclusively by call, but this species has since been synonymized with B. idae (Vallan et al. 2010).


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