Hyperolius quinquevittatus Barboza du Bocage, 1866

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

Hyperolius quinquevittatus Barboza du Bocage, 1866, J. Sci. Math. Phys. Nat., Lisboa, 1 (1): 56. Syntypes: MBL 24-214 and 24-215 according to Perret, 1976, Arq. Mus. Bocage, Ser. 2, 6: 24; destroyed by 1978 fire, according to Laurent, 1985, in Frost (ed.), Amph. Species World: 216. Type locality: "Duque de Bragança", Angola.

Hyperolius quinquevittatusRochebrune, 1884, Fauna Senegambie, Amph.: 26.

Hyperolius mertensi Poynton, 1964, Senckenb. Biol., 45: 220. Holotype: UM 6486, by original designation. Type locality: "Nyika Plateau, Zambia". Synonymy by Broadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 121.

Hyperolius quinquevittatus quinquevittatusBroadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 121.

Hyperolius quiquevittatus mertensiBroadley, 1971, Puku, 6: 121.

English Names

Five-lined Sedgefrog (Cochran, 1961, Living Amph. World: 134).

Tropical Reed Frog (Frank and Ramus, 1995, Compl. Guide Scient. Common Names Amph. Rept. World: 68).

Black-striped Sedge Frog (Hyperolius quinquevittatus mertensi: Stewart and Wilson, 1966, Ann. Natal Mus., 18: 305).

Five-striped Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 178; Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 180).


Northern Angola, southern Dem. Rep. Congo, southern Tanzania, and northern Zambia and Malawi, and Namuli mountain in northern Mozambique.


See comment under Hyperolius kivuensis. See short account of subspecies and geographic variation in Poynton and Broadley, 1987, Ann. Natal Mus., 28: 197–199. See also Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 101–103, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 178–179, Channing and Howell, 2006, Amph. E. Afr.: 180–181, and Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 358–360 (who noted confusion with Hyperolius kivuensis multifasciatus). Broadley, 2008, Afr. Herp News, 45: 15, provided the record for Mozambique. Mercurio, 2011, Amph. Malawi: 186–190, provided an account for Malawi. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 112–113, provided a map for Angola and a brief account. See Bittencourt-Silva, 2019, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 13 (2: e181): 7, for comments on ecology in western Zambia. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 182–183, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. 

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