TGIFF!! Thank Goodness it’s FROG FRIDAY!! The Golden Banana Frog/Golden Leaf-folding Frog (Afrixalus aureus) ranges from the Mhlatuze Valley in northern KwaZulu-Natal province through Swaziland and eastern Mpumalanga province to southern Mozambique.

The Golden Leaf-folding Frog is a species of the lowland coastal plain, inhabiting savanna, bushland and grassland. It lives in leaf axils during the dry season. It breeds in perennial and ephemeral standing pools and marshes, and in dense grass at the edges of shallow semi permanent pans.

It is not believed to be seriously threatened, but some populations might be impacted by coastal development, including sugar cane farming, and the spread of eucalyptus (drying up seasonal pans). Chemical spraying to control mosquitoes might impact some populations.

We need more records of this beautiful little frog in FrogMAP, please submit your photos via the Virtual Museum upload site at http://vmus.adu.org.za/

Reference: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Afrixalus aureus. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 17 April 2014.

By: Animal Demography Unit