Hyperolius picturatus Peters, 1875

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

Hyperolius picturatus Peters, 1875, Monatsber. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. Berlin, 1875: 206. Syntypes: ZMB 3063 (5 specimens), according to Laurent, 1961, Rev. Zool. Bot. Afr., 64: 79; now renumbered ZMB 3063 and ZMB 76991–76994 (formerly part of ZMB 3063), according to Tillack, de Ruiter, and Rödel, 2021, Zoosyst. Evol., Berlin, 97: 433. . Type locality: "Boutry" (= mouth of River Butre), Ghana.

Rappia picturataMatschie, 1893, Mitt. Forschungsreis. Gelehrten Deutsch Schutzgeb., 6: 215; Tornier, 1896, in Möbius (ed.), Deutsch Ost-Afr., 3: 153.

Hyperolius picturatusNoble, 1924, Bull. Am. Mus. Nat. Hist., 49: 252, 263, 327.

Hyperolius festivus Barbour and Loveridge, 1927, Proc. New England Zool. Club, 10: 17. Holotype: MCZ 12018, by original designation. Type locality: "Firestone Plantation No. 3, Du River, Liberia". Synonymy by Laurent, 1958, Mem. Inst. Franç. Afr. Noire, 53: 275.

Hyperolius viridiflavus picturatusLaurent, 1952 "1951", Ann. Soc. R. Zool. Belg., 82: 395.

English Names

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

Variable Montane Sedge Frog (Ananjeva, Borkin, Darevsky, and Orlov, 1988, Dict. Amph. Rept. Five Languages: 73).

Painted Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 184). 


Eastern Sierra Leone, Liberia, and southern Guinea through southern Ivory Coast to southwestern Ghana in forest.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone


Probably composed of two cryptic species of which the western form may be conspecific with Hyperolius baumanni and Hyperolius occidentalis, according to Schiøtz, 1967, Spolia Zool. Mus. Haun., 25: 192, and Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 113. Rödel and Bangoura, 2004, Tropical Zool., 17: 213-214, discussed this and suggested that evidence available did not support the existence of two species. See also comments under Hyperolius baumanni and Hyperolius occidentalis. Rödel, 2000, Herpetofauna W. Afr., 1: 227-229, provided an account and noted a number of misidentifications in the literature. Rödel and Branch, 2002, Salamandra, 38: 258, reported Hyperolius cf. picturatus from Ivory Coast. Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 113–115, provided a brief account and map. Rödel and Glos, 2019, Zoosyst. Evol., 95: 23, reported this species from the Krahn-Bassa Proposed Protected Area in southeastern Liberia and the Foya Proposed Protected Area in western Liberia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 184–185, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Kanga, Kouamé, Zogbass, Gongomin, Agoh, Kouamé, Konan, Adepo-Gourène, Gourène, and Rödel, 2021, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 15: 71–107, commented on conservation status, identification, range, and habitat on the Ivory Coast side of Mont Nimba. 

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