Hyperolius pardalis Laurent, 1948

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

Hyperolius steindachneri pardalis Laurent, 1948 "1947", Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., Ser. 11, 14: 294. Holotype: BMNH 1913.10.29.29 (reregistered as BMNH 1947.2.26.2, by museum records), by original designation. Type locality: "Bitye, S. Cameroons".

Hyperolius pardalisPerret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 25.

English Names

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


Forests of southern Cameroon to southwestern Central African Republic northwestern Rep. Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Uigé Province, northwestern Angola; presumably to be found in intervening western Dem. Rep. Congo. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon

Likely/Controversially Present: Congo, Democratic Republic of the


Closely related to Hyperolius steindachneri and Hyperolius bolifambae, according to Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 143–144, who provided a brief account and map. See comment by Lötters, Gossmann, Obame, and Böhme, 2001, Herpetofauna, Weinstadt, 23: 30, who provided the Gabon record. De la Riva, 1994, Rev. Esp. Herpetol., 8: 130, provided a record for Equatorial Guinea. Lasso, Rial, Castroviejo, and De la Riva, 2002, Graellsia, 58: 21–34, provided notes on ecological distribution in Equatorial Guinea. See account for Cameroon by Amiet, 2012, Rainettes Cameroun: 337–342. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 218–219, reported on comparative tadpole morphology. Jongsma, Tobi, Dixon-MacCallum, Bamba-Kaya, Yoga, Mbega, Mve Beh, Emrich, and Blackburn, 2017, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 11 (1: e144): 12, provided records for southeastern Gabon and briefly discussed habitat and range. Dewynter, Frétey, Jongsma, Bamba-Kaya, and Pauwels, 2018, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 18: 28, provided a brief account and photographs from the Monts Birougou area of Gabon. Dewynter and Frétey, 2019, Cah. Fondation Biotope, 27: 27, summarized the literature for Gabon and provided photographs (p. 58). Dehling and Sinsch, 2019, Zool. Anz., 280: 65–77, placed this in their Hyperolius pardalis group. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 190–191, 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. Ernst, Lautenschläger, Branquima, and Hölting, 2020, Zoosyst. Evol., 96: 254, noted the presence in Uigé Province, northwestern Angola, but also noted coloration differences from the Cameroonian population.     

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