Hyperolius parkeri Loveridge, 1933

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

Hyperolius parkeri Loveridge, 1933, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 74: 410. Holotype: MCZ 13365, by original designation. Type locality: "Mogoni swamp, south of Dar-es-Salaam, Usaramo, Tanganyika [= Tanzania]". 

Hyperolius parkeri rovumae Loveridge, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 410. Holotype: MCZ 25260, by original designation. Type locality: "Kitaya, Rovuma River, Lindi Province, southeastern Tanganyika Territory [= Tanzania]".

Hyperolius parkeri parkeriLoveridge, 1942, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 91: 409.

English Names

Parker's Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 67; Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 258).

Brown-or-Green Sedge Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 73).


Coastal savannas of Kenya and Tanzania, including Zanzibar, to central coastal Mozambique.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania


Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 172, and Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 93 (who provided an account on pp. 94–96), suggested that this species is very different from other members of the genus, perhaps warranting a different genus. See accounts by Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 169–170, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 173–174, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 258–259. Prior to the revision by Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 337, suggested the possibility that Hyperolius parkeri and Hyperolius puncticulatus might be conspecific, but on page 376 he distinguished them on the basis of call structure, morphology, and geography. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 190–191, provided a brief account and photograph. Ohler and Frétey, 2014, J. E. Afr. Nat. Hist., 103: 88–89, provided a brief discussion of a collection from northern Mozambique. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 23, provided a range map for Kenya, photograph, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 200–201, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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