Hyperolius viridis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Hyperolius viridis
Species Authority: Schiøtz, 1975
Common Name(s):
English Robust Long 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: We follow the definition of this species as given by Poynton and Broadley (1987), and Schiøtz (1999), rather than that given by Channing, Moyer and Burger (2002). Schiøtz (pers. comm.) believes that Channing, Moyer and Burger might have confused Hyperolius benguellensis and H. viridis.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-09-19
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Garcia Moreno, J. & Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Poynton, J. & Howell, K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing uncertainties as to its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species has been recorded with certainty only from the highlands of south-western Tanzania. There are records from near Mbeya in the southern highlands, and from Sumbawanga and Mumba on the Ufipa Plateau. Records from eastern Zambia require confirmation (Schiøtz pers. comm.). It probably occurs more widely than this, and is likely to be found in Malawi, Zambia and southern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: This species is poorly known, but it is common where it occurs.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is generally associated with high-altitude grassland. It differs from the similar Hyperolius pusillus in that it calls from grass in wet fields, as opposed to from floating vegetation. It presumably breeds in temporary pools and flooded fields.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is little direct information on threats to this species, but some of its populations are likely to be impacted by afforestation, spread of agriculture, and expanding human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It has not been recorded from any protected areas so far, though it is likely to be found in some. Research is needed into the distribution and population status, and use and trade of this species.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Hyperolius viridis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T56221A18384884. . Downloaded on 26 June 2016.
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