Hyperolius major Laurent, 1957

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Genus: Hyperolius > Species: Hyperolius major

Hyperolius platyceps major Laurent, 1957, Explor. Parc Natl. Upemba, Miss. G.F. de Witte, 42: 6. Holotype: IRSNB 1.096 according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 9. Type locality: "Kaziba, rive g. de la Mweleshi, affl. g. de la Senze", Umpemba National Park, Dem. Rep. Congo.

Hyperolius majorSchiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 189.

English Names

None noted.


Medium to low altitudes in eastern Dem. Rep. Congo, northwestern Zambia and likely adjacent Angola (see comment).


Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 197–199, suggested that Hyperolius platyceps major Laurent, 1957, may be a distinct species. This recognition was effected by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 189, and Schiøtz and Van Daele, 2003, Alytes, 20: 143 (who noted that it's voice differs from Hyperolius platyceps). Schiøtz, 2006, Alytes, 24: 55–57, provided a record for central Dem. Rep. Congo and briefly discussed the species. Baptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 256, noted specimens in the Mwinilung District, northwestern Zambia, suggesting its possible occurrence in adjacent Angola. 

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