This species ranges from western and southern Cameroon (where it avoids the coastal plain) south through Gabon and Congo to the Cabinda Enclave of Angola, and to western Democratic Republic of Congo. In Cameroon it occurs at 500-800 m, but it occurs close to sea-level in Congo. The western limits of its distribution are unknown, and the boundary between this species and Hyperolius nasutus in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo are also unknown. It presumably occurs in Equatorial Guinea, and the species' distribution on the map includes this area, but there do not appear to be any records from this country yet.
Habitat and Ecology
It is a species of open secondary habitats in the forest zone and does not occur in closed-canopy forest. It breeds in marshes and pools (often human-made) and is able to colonize open habitats inside undisturbed forest, presumably travelling through unsuitable habitat to do so.
There is little information, but it appears to be a common species.
No threats are known.
It presumably occurs in some protected areas.
Further work is required to better understand the species' taxonomy and hence its distribution, population size and trends, ecological requirements, and threats.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
This is a restricted concept of Hyperolius adspersus following the split of the broader concept into this and H. dartevellei (Channing et al. 2013).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius adspersus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T76317559A76500311. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T76317559A76500311.en .Downloaded on 16 November 2018