Hyperolius bolifambae Mertens, 1938

Class: Amphibia > Order: Anura > Family: Hyperoliidae > Subfamily: Hyperoliinae > Genus: Hyperolius > Species: Hyperolius bolifambae

Hyperolius bolifambae Mertens, 1938, Abh. Senckenb. Naturforsch. Ges., 442: 28. Holotype: SMF 22457, according to Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 208. Type locality: "Bach an der Faktorei Bolifamba", Mount Cameroon, Cameroon.

Hyperolius erythropus Laurent, 1943, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 4: 102. Holotype: MRAC 315, by original designation. Type locality: "Medje (Uele)", northern Dem. Rep. Congo. Synonymy by Laurent, 1943, Bull. Mus. R. Hist. Nat. Belg., 19: 11.

English Names

Bolifamba Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).

Medje Reed Frog (Hyperolius erythropus [no longer recognized]: Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 66).


Southeastern Nigeria through southern Cameroon to southwestern Central African Republic; isolated record in northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo; presumably to be found in Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon, below 730 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Nigeria

Likely/Controversially Present: Congo, Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon


 Schiøtz, 1963, Vidensk. Medd. Dansk Naturhist. Foren., 125: 70–71, provided records for Nigeria. Pauwels and Rödel, 2007, Herpetozoa, Wien, 19: 135–148, did not note the species as occurring in Gabon. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 141–142, provided a brief account and map. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 343–349. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 24, summarized the literature for Gabon, noting that so far all published records are based on misidentified Hyperolius pardalis, although noting that Hyperolius bolifambae probably will be found in that country. Mali, Banda, Chifundera, Badjedjea, Sebe, Lokasola, Ewango, Tungaluna, and Akaibe, 2019, Am. J. Zool., 2: 38–43, reported the species from the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, northeastern Dem. Rep. Congo. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 190–191, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See Portik, Bell, Blackburn, Bauer, Barratt, Branch, Burger, Channing, Colston, Conradie, Dehling, Drewes, Ernst, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Harvey, Hillers, Hirschfeld, Jongsma, Kielgast, Kouete, Lawson, Leaché, Loader, Lötters, van der Meijden, Menegon, Müller, Nagy, Ofori-Boateng, Ohler, Papenfuss, Rößler, Sinsch, Rödel, Veith, Vindum, Zassi-Boulou, and McGuire, 2019, Syst. Biol., 68: 859–875 (supplemental fig. 1) for phylogenetic placement.  

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