Hyperolius acuticeps 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Hyperolius acuticeps
Species Authority: Ahl, 1931
Common Name(s):
English Sharp-headed Long Reed Frog, Sharp-nosed Reed Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: There has been considerable debate on the taxonomic status of this species and others in the Hyperolius nasutus complex. Here we follow Channing, Moyer and Burger (2002) in considering Hyperolius acuticeps to be distinct from H. nasutus. However, we also follow Amiet (2005) in assigning West and Central African populations to Hyperolius adspersus and H. igbettensis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-24
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A., Schiøtz, A., Howell, K., Largen, M.J. & Lötters, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2008 Least Concern (LC)
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from western Ethiopia, South Sudan and northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, through Uganda, Kenya and southern Somalia, south to central Mozambique and Zimbabwe. There is an apparently isolated population in KwaZulu-Natal, eastern South Africa, and in extreme southern Mozambique. It might occur in northern Botswana and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia (the species' distribution on the map overlaps into these areas), but the respective distributions of this species and Hyperolius nasutus are not well known. It is likely to range further west through the Central African Republic and southern Chad, but there are no records from these countries, and the respective distributions of this species and Hyperolius igbettensis (known from Cameroon westwards) are very poorly known. It occurs from sea level up to 2,000 m asl in Ethiopia, and 2,286 m asl in Malawi.
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Ethiopia; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Rwanda; Somalia; South Africa; South Sudan; Tanzania, United Republic of; Uganda; Zambia; Zimbabwe
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2000
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species through most its range, though it has decreased in South Africa, and is now rare outside protected areas in that country.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is associated with emergent vegetation at the margins of swamps, rivers and lakes in savannah and grassland habitats. It can be found around human settlements, but apparently does not respond well to extreme urbanization and agricultural intensification. It breeds in swamps, shallow plans, emergent vegetation, vleis, lakes and permanent pools.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In South Africa it is threatened by afforestation, coastal development, wetland drainage, and lowering of water table due to the spread eucalyptus. The Ethiopian populations are almost certainly being affected by environmental degradation as a result of expanding human settlement. However, overall, this species remains abundant and is not seriously at risk.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Hyperolius acuticeps. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56108A3034794. . Downloaded on 28 May 2016.
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