Hyperolius montanus (Angel, 1924)

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

Rappia montana Angel, 1924, Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris, 30: 269. Syntypes: MNHNP 1924.30–34, according to Guibé, 1950 "1948", Cat. Types Amph. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat.: 56. Type locality: "Mont Kinangop (altitude: 2,400 à 3,100 metres). Chaîne de l'Aberdare", Kenya.

Hyperolius montanusAhl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 322.

English Names

Mountain Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67;  Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 204).

Montane Reed Frog (Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 171).


Montane grasslands and farmland in the highlands around Mount Kenya; Mau Forest west of Rift Valley, 1800 to 3100 m elevation. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Kenya

Endemic: Kenya


See comment by Köhler, Scheelke, Schick, Veith, and Lötters, 2005, Afr. Zool., 40: 136, who described the advertisement call.  Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 181–182, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 171–172, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 368–370, provided accounts. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 22, provided a range map for Kenya, photograph, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 204–205, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.

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