Hyperolius argus 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Hyperolius argus
Species Authority: Peters, 1854
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-25
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Balletto, E. & Poynton, J.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a wide variety of habitats and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species from the eastern side of the African continent ranges from extreme southern Somalia, south through Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique to KwaZulu-Natal in eastern South Africa, and inland to southern Malawi and extreme southeastern Zimbabwe. It is a low-altitude species, occurring up to 300 m asl in South Africa.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe
Upper elevation limit (metres): 300
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally a common species, though it has declined in areas heavily impacted by human activities in South Africa.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives near water in low elevation dense, humid savannah and grassland. It breeds in shallow pans, vleis and marshes, with floating and emergent vegetation, usually, though not always, preferring temporary water.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is sometimes found in the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is generally not threatened, but it is affected by urban expansion, agricultural intensification and the introduction of bass in the south of its range. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Hyperolius argus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56112A3035065. . Downloaded on 30 November 2015.
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