Hyperolius chlorosteus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Hyperolius chlorosteus
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1915)
Common Name(s):
English Sierra Leone Reed Frog

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Near Threatened ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Near Threatened since although this species is still relatively widely distributed, it depends on streams in undisturbed forest habitat, and so its Area of Occupancy is probably not much greater than 2,000 km2, and the extent and quality of its habitat is declining, thus making the species close to qualifying for Vulnerable.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from Sierra Leone, through Liberia and southern Guinea, to south-central Côte d’Ivoire.
Côte d'Ivoire; Guinea; Liberia; Sierra Leone
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Population [top]

Population: In suitable habitats it is a common species.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is arboreal, and confined to primary rainforest where it is generally found by streams. It breeds exclusively in flowing water, laying its eggs on leaves above water into which the larvae fall and develop.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is threatened by ongoing habitat loss for logging, agriculture and human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas, including Taï National Park in Côte d’Ivoire and Sapo National Park in Liberia.

Citation: Mark-Oliver Rödel, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Hyperolius chlorosteus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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