Hyperolius picturatus Peters, 1875

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

Hyperolius picturatus Peters, 1875, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1875: 206. Syntypes: ZMB 3063 (5 specimens), according to Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 79. Type locality: "Boutry" (= mouth of River Butre), Ghana.

Rappia picturataMatschie, 1893, Mitt. Forschungsreis. Gelehrten Deutsch Schutzgeb., 6: 215; Tornier, 1896, in Möbius (ed.), Deutsch Ost-Afr., 3: 153.

Hyperolius picturatusNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 252, 263, 327.

Hyperolius festivus Barbour and Loveridge, 1927, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 10: 17. Holotype: MCZ 12018, by original designation. Type locality: "Firestone Plantation No. 3, Du River, Liberia". Synonymy by Laurent, 1958, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 53: 275.

Hyperolius viridiflavus picturatusLaurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 395.

English Names

Tanzania Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67).

Variable Montane Sedge Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 73).


Eastern Sierra Leone, Liberia, and southern Guinea to southwestern Ghana in forest.


Probably composed of two cryptic species of which the western form may be conspecific with Hyperolius baumanni and Hyperolius occidentalis, according to Schiøtz, 1967, Spolia Zool. Mus. Haun., 25: 192, and Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 113. Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 213-214, discussed this and suggested that evidence available did not support the existence of two species. See also comments under Hyperolius baumanni and Hyperolius occidentalis. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 227-229, provided an account and noted a number of misidentifications in the literature. Rödel and Branch, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 258, reported Hyperolius cf. picturatus from Ivory Coast. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 113–115, provided a brief account and map.

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