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Western Clawed Frog

Western clawed frog is a medium-sized species of frog found in West Africa. Females are larger than males. The species is harvested for human consumption.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Pipidae
    Genus Xenopus
    Scientific Name Xenopus tropicalis


    Other Names Tropical clawed frog
    Size 4–6 cm (1.6–2.4 in)
    Color Pale to dark brown upper surface with small gray and black spots; dull white or yellowish underside with dark spots or blotches
    Distribution Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana,  Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Togo, possibly Mali
    Habitat Stagnant water bodies like ponds, swamps, marshes, rivers, lakes, canals, ditches in primary and secondary forests and degraded former forest, moist savanna, rural gardens
    Diet Earthworms, insect larvae and tadpoles
    Breeding Season Wet season
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on May 7th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 24th April 2017.

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