African Dwarf Frog

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Description of the African Dwarf Frog

The African Dwarf Frog is also known as the Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog and are endemic to Central Africa. They don't have any teeth or a tongue and are completely aquatic in fact they can only survive for 10 to 15 minutes outside the tank. An excellent addition to a community tank, they are a peaceful species and recommended for beginners. Ensure the water level on the tank allows for the frog to reach the surface occasionally. A well fitting  lid on the tank is vital, these frogs can jump!

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African Dwarf Frog

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Popular Name: African Dwarf Frog
Species: Hymenochirus boettgeri

Profile of the African Dwarf Frog
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the African Dwarf Frog species.

  • Size: Up to 10cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 20 to 24 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Frozen Blood Worms, Brine Shrimp

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Behaviour: Good addition to community tank

  • Range: Central Africa

Scientific Classification of the African Dwarf Frog
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Hymenochirus boettgeri

  • Popular Name: African Dwarf Frog - Congo Dwarf Clawed Frog

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Amphibia

  • Order: Anura

  • Family: Pipidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a African Dwarf Frog?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!


Interesting Facts and Information - Why are African Dwarf Frog slimy?
African Dwarf Frog secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the African Dwarf Frog to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do African Dwarf Frog have gills?
Gills enable the African Dwarf Frog to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information about African Dwarf Frog

African Dwarf Frog

  • Interesting Information about African Dwarf Frog

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are African Dwarf Frog slimy?

  • Why do the African Dwarf Frog have gills?

  • Species: Hymenochirus boettgeri

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