Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus Schiøtz, 1975

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

Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 154. Holotype: ZMUC R073854, by original designation. Type locality: "Shimba Hills, Kenya".

English Names

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

Red-lined Reed Frog (Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 198).


Shimba Hills, south of Mombasa, in southern coastal Kenya; Nguru, Nguu, and Usambara Mountains of northeastern Tanzania. See comment. 

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Kenya, Tanzania


Possibly a subspecies of Hyperolius mitchelli, according to Schiøtz, 1975, Treefrogs E. Afr.: 156, and Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 172. See photograph, map, description of geographic range and habitat, and conservation status in Stuart, Hoffmann, Chanson, Cox, Berridge, Ramani, and Young, 2008, Threatened Amph. World: 288. Harper, Measey, Patrick, Menegon, and Vonesh, 2010, Field Guide Amph. E. Arc Mts. Tanzania and Kenya: 202–203, provided a brief account and photograph. Spawls, Wasonga, and Drewes, 2019, Amph. Kenya: 24, provided a range map for Kenya, photograph, and brief characterization. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 198–199, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map. Bwong, Barratt, Loader, Nyamache, Menegon, Malonza, Nagel, and Lawson, 2020, Afr. J. Herpetol., 69: 165–181, discussed the geographic variation in molecular markers, calls, and color pattern, and allocated the northeastern population of Hyperolius cf. mitchelli to Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus, as a population with a distinctive color pattern, thereby substantially extending the range of Hyperolius rubrovermiculatus

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