Hyperolius vilhenai Laurent, 1964

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

Hyperolius vilhenai Laurent, 1964, Publ. Cult. Companhia Diamantes Angola, 67: 155. Holotype: MD 6213, by original designation. Type locality: "galierie forestière de la rivière, Luíta, Poste de Cuílo, Lunda", Lunda Norte Province, Angola. Location given as Lat. -8.03, Long. 19.42, by Ceríaco, Marques, André, Afonso, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2020, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 162: 392. 

English Names

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

Vilhena's Reed Frog (Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 184).


Known only from the type locality (Cuílo, Lunda, northern Angola); likely to be found in adjacent Dem. Rep. Congo if the taxon is valid.

Geographic Occurrence

Natural Resident: Angola

Likely/Controversially Present: Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Endemic: Angola


See brief accounts by Schiøtz, 1999, Treefrogs Afr.: 155 (who noted it to be only known from the holotype), and Channing, 2001, Amph. Cent. S. Afr.: 184-185. Marques, Ceríaco, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2018, Proc. California Acad. Sci., Ser. 4, 65 (Suppl. II): 115, provided a map and brief account for Angola. Channing and Rödel, 2019, Field Guide Frogs & Other Amph. Afr.: 396, regarded this as part of Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris 'East' based on unpublished molecular evidence.  Ceríaco, Marques, André, Afonso, Blackburn, and Bauer, 2020, Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool., 162: 392, discussed the unique juvenile type.  

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