Hyperolius hypsiphonus (Amiet, 2000)

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

Alexteroon hypsiphonus Amiet, 2000, Alytes, 17: 146. Holotype: MNHNP 1999.5564, by original designation. Type locality: "Ekomtolo, . . . 450-500 m", Cameroon.

Hyperolius hypsiphonus — Dubois, Ohler, and Pyron, 2021, Megataxa, 5: 459, by implication. 

Hyperolius (Alexteroon) hypsiphonus — Ernst, Kehlmaier, Baptista, Vaz Pinto, Branquima, Dewynter, Fouquet, Ohler, and Schmitz, 2021, Zool. Anz., 293: 222. 

English Names

Cross-banded Egg-guarding Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 168). 


Southern Cameroon and Gabon to western Rep. Congo; northwestern Angola; expected in Equatorial Guinea and southeastern Nigeria.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Republic of the, Gabon

Likely/Controversially Present: Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria


Frétey and Blanc, 2002 "2001", Bull. Soc. Zool. France, 126: 382, reported this species from Gabon. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 136-144. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 195–196, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Dewynter, Frétey, Jongsma, Bamba-Kaya, and Pauwels, 2018, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 18: 14, provided a brief account and photographs from the Monts Birougou area of Gabon. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 22, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 56). Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 168–169, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 146, considered the species to be a possible member of the Equatorial Guinea fauna. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 253, noted the presence in Uigé Province, northwestern Angola.  

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