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Reed Frog (1998)
Acrylic on illustration
3" x 5 1/2"
little frog, Heteraxillus madagascariensis, is very common
in deforested parts of Madagascar's eastern lowlands. In the
town of Maroansetra I found them in nearly every bush. They vary
in color from lemon yellow to turquoise and are capable of some
degree of color change but always show the slight dark "mask"
near their eye. This species belongs to an endemic genus of Madagascan
frogs which is closely related to the African reed frogs (Hyperolius
sp.), from which it can be distinguished at once by its unique