Hyperolius diaphanus Laurent, 1972

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

Hyperolius diaphanus Laurent, 1972, Explor. Parc Natl. Virunga, Ser. 2, 22: 67. Holotype: MRAC, according to Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 209; not located, but in either MRAC or IRSNB according to Lang, 1990, Doc. Trav., Inst. R. Sci. Nat. Belg., 59: 8, so presumed lost. Type locality: "Kigulube, 900 à 1. 000 m, territorio de Shabunda, Kivu", eastern Dem. Rep. Congo.

English Names

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

Translucent Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 174).


Rainforest in the vicinity of the Itombwe Mountains and the mountains to the west of Lake Kivu, eastern Dem. Rep. Congo.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Endemic: Congo, Democratic Republic of the


See comment under Hyperolius frontalis.  Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 157, provided a very brief account. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 174–175, provided a brief account and range map. Dehling and Sinsch, 2023, Diversity, 15 (512): 65, specifically excluded this species from the fauna of Rwanda.

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