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).


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

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola, Congo, Democratic Republic of the, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia


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. Conradie, Keates, Verburgt, Baptista, and Harvey, 2023, Amph. Rept. Conserv., 17: 35–36, provided an account and dot map of the species in Angola. 

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