Hyperolius tuberculatus (Mocquard, 1897)

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

English Names

Rainforest Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68).


Rainforests of southeastern Nigeria through Cameroon, western Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Rep. Congo, to eastern Dem. Rep. Congo; likely in Cabinda enclave, Angola.


In the Hyperolius viridiflavus superspecies according to Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 172. Frétey and Blanc, 2001, Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 383, reported this species from Gabon. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21–34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 184–194 (in the sense of including Hyperolius dintelmanni). Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 225–226, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 196–197, provided a brief account. Nagy, Kusamba, Collet, and Gvoždík, 2013, Herpetol. Notes, 6:  413–419, provided a record from Bas-Congo, southwestern Dem. Rep. Congo. Bell, Parra, Badjedjea, Barej, Blackburn, Burger, Channing, Dehling, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kielgast, Kasumba, Lötters, McLaughlin, Nagy, Rödel, Portik, Stuart, VanDerWal, Zassi-Boulou, and Zamudio, 2017, Mol. Ecol., 26: 5224–5244, discussed molecular biogeography, phylogenetics, and systematics, and excluding Hyperolius dintelmanni from synonymy and considered this species to be a member of the Hyperolius tuberculatus complex, along with Hyperolius dintelmanni and Hyperolius hutsebautiBaptista, Conradie, Vaz Pinto, and Branch, 2019, In Huntley, Russo, Lages, and Ferrand (eds.), Biodiversity in Angola: 256, noted specimens in the Luango-Nzambi, Dem. Rep. Congo, near the Cabinda Enclave, Angola, suggesting its possible occurrence there. 

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