Hyperolius frontalis Laurent, 1950

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

Hyperolius frontalis Laurent, 1950, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 44: 11. Holotype: MRAC unnumbered by original designation. Type locality: "Bushoho (Alt. 1.100 m.) à 10 km. au nord-ouest de Bunyakiri, Territoire de IKalhe, Kivu", Dem. Rep. Congo.

English Names

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

White-snouted Reed Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 161).


Montane forests in eastern Dem. Rep. Congo from the northwest of Mount Ruwenzori south to west of Lake Kivu, extending into extreme southwestern Uganda in the Bwindi Forest, and Nyungwe Natonal Park in Rwanda, 700–2000 m elevation.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda, Uganda


Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 143-145, noted that this species may be conspecific with Hyperolius alticolaLaurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 210, disagreed with this view. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 156, implied that with additional work the following might be shown to be conspecific with Hyperolius frontalis: Hyperolius diaphanus, Hyperolius alticola, Hyperolius chrysogaster, Hyperolius leucotaenius, and Hyperolius xenorhinus. Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 161–162, provided an account. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 285. Dehling and Sinsch, 2019, Zool. Anz., 280: 65–77, reported on the evolution of larval and adult morphospace in the Central African Albertine Rift, including this species which they considered to be in the Hyperolius castaneus group. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 204–205, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Dehling and Sinsch, 2023, Diversity, 15 (512): 1–81, discussed the range, identification, natural history, advertisement call, and conservation status in Rwanda.

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