Hyperolius mitchelli Loveridge, 1953

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

Hyperolius puncticulatus mitchelli Loveridge, 1953, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 110: 360. Holotype: MCZ 27272, by original designation. Type locality: "a banana grove almost on shore of Lake Nyasa, a few miles north of Mtimbuka, which is 14 miles north of Fort Johnston, Nyasaland [= Malawi]".

Hyperolius mitchelliSchiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 151.

English Names

Mitchell's Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 165; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 170; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 252).


Southeastern Tanzania to Malawi and central Mozambique.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania


See comment under Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus. See accounts by Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 203–204, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 168–169, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 165–166, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 170–171, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 338–341, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 252–253. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 168–171, provided an account for Malawi. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 215, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 188–189, provided a brief account and photograph. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 198–199, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Bwong, Barratt, Loader, Nyamache, Menegon, Malonza, Nagel, and Lawson, 2020, Afr. J. Herpetol., 69: 165–181, discussed the geographic variation in molecular markers, calls, and color pattern, of the Hyperolius mitchelli complex and allocated the northeastern population of Hyperolius cf. mitchelli to Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus, as a population with a distinctive color pattern. 

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