oa African Zoology - Colour patterning in the skin of the reed-frog

Volume 22, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



A collection of 37 Natal reed-frogs, Hyperolius marmoratus, from a single locality was studied for their dorsal colour pattems. Data were assembled on the spectrophotometry, the structure and distribution of the chromatophores by means of light and electron microscopy, and the features of colour patterning. An attempt was made to regard colour patterns as the end result of a definable process of differentiation. A number of possible rules was set out according to which the patterns observed might be generated.

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