Hyperolius semidiscus Hewitt, 1927

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

Hyperolius horstockii semidiscus Hewitt, 1927, Rec. Albany Mus., 3: 410. Syntypes: AMG by original designation (now in PEM); PEM A4579 designated lectotype by Conradie, Branch, and Watson, 2015, Zootaxa, 3936: 61–62, who discussed the syntypes generally. Type locality: "Marianhill, [KwaZulu-]Natal", Rep. South Africa.

Hyperolius semidiscusPoynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 185.

English Names

Arum Frog (Hewitt, 1937, Guide Vert. Fauna E. Cape Province, Rept. Amph. Fishes: 113).

Yellow-striped Reed Frog (Wager, 1965, Frogs S. Afr.: 198; Passmore and Carruthers, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 19: 7; Passmore and Carruthers, 1979, S. Afr. Frogs: 244; Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 179).

Yellow-flanked Reed Frog (Van Dijk, 1978, J. Herpetol. Assoc. Afr., 17: 16).

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


Coastal Rep. South Africa from southeastern Transvaal, through KwaZulu-Natal to southwestern Eastern Cape Province, Rep. South Africa; eastern Eswatini; presumably to be found in southern Mozambique.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Eswatini, South Africa

Likely/Controversially Present: Mozambique


See comment under Hyperolius argus. Removed from the synonymy of Hyperolius cinctiventris (= Hyperolius marmoratus) by Poynton, 1964, Ann. Natal Mus., 17: 185, where it had been placed by Loveridge, 1941, Ann. Transvaal Mus., 20: 285. See accounts by Lambiris, 1988, Lammergeyer, 39: 137, Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 191–192, Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 179, Alexander, 2004, in Minter et al. (eds.), Atlas Frogs S. Afr. Lesotho and Swaziland: 147–149, Pickersgill, 2007, Frog Search: 362–365, and Du Preez and Carruthers, 2009, Compl. Guide Frogs S. Afr.: 266–267. Channing, Rödel, and Channing, 2012, Tadpoles of Africa: 221, provided information on comparative larval morphology. Phaka, Netherlands, Kruger, and Du Preez, 2017, Bilingual Field Guide Frogs Zululand: 45, provided a photograph, Zululand regional map, and a brief account of life history and identification. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 208–209, provided a brief account, photograph, and range map.  

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