Hyperolius castaneus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hyperolius castaneus
Species Authority: Ahl, 1931
Hyperolius adolfifriederici Ahl, 1931
Hyperolius latifrons Ahl, 1931
Hyperolius rugegensis Ahl, 1931
Hyperolius ventrimaculatus Ahl, 1931

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Arne Schiøtz, Robert Drewes
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the quality and extent of its montane swamp habitat in the Albertine Rift is probably declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, western Rwanda, western Burundi, and south-western Uganda. It occurs between 1,600 and 2,850m asl.
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Rwanda; Uganda
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It inhabits and breeds in swamps in montane grassland and forest.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Little information is available, though it is likely to be impacted by loss of habitat for agriculture (crops and livestock) and human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is present in Bwindi National Park (Uganda) and the Virungas National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo).

Citation: Arne Schiøtz, Robert Drewes 2004. Hyperolius castaneus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 26 May 2015.
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