Hyperolius olivaceus Peters, 1876

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

English Names

Olive Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 196).


Coastal and southeastern region of Gabon and Rep. Congo to southwestern Equatorial Guinea. 


Resurrected from the synonymy of Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris by Schick, Kielgast, Rödder, Muchai, Burger, and Lötters, 2010, Zootaxa, 2501: 33, but subsequently treated as a subspecies of Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris by Bell, Parra, Badjedjea, Barej, Blackburn, Burger, Channing, Dehling, Greenbaum, Gvoždík, Kielgast, Kasumba, Lötters, McLaughlin, Nagy, Rödel, Portik, Stuart, VanDerWal, Zassi-Boulou, and Zamudio, 2017, Mol. Ecol., 26: 5223–5244, who also discussed biogeography. Previously considered a junior synonym of Hyperolius fuscigula by Boulenger, 1882, Cat. Batr. Sal. Coll. Brit. Mus., Ed. 2: 124. Recognized by Ahl, 1931, Das Tierreich, 55: 293. Synonymy by Laurent, 1943, Ann. Mus. R. Congo Belge, Tervuren, Zool., 4: 67, 80. Synonymy considered tentative by Lötters, Gossmann, Obame, and Böhme, 2001, Herpetofauna, Weinstadt, 23: 28-29. Gilbert and Bell, 2017 "2018", Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 123: 1–11, reported on advertisement call.  Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 12–13, provided records for southeastern Gabon and briefly discussed habitat and range. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 24,, summarized the literature for Gabon, provided a photograph (p. 59). and recognized Hyperolius olivaceus. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 196–197, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. See brief account, range map, and photographs for Equatorial Guinea in Sánchez-Vialas, Calvo-Revuelta, Castroviejo-Fisher, and De la Riva, 2020, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 66: 137–230.

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