This species ranges from Malindi in coastal Kenya, south across eastern and southern Tanzania to the highlands of Malawi. It is presumed to occur in northern Mozambique, and the species' distribution on the map extends slightly into Mozambique, however its presence in uncertain. It perhaps occurs in extreme northeastern Zambia, but there are not yet any records. It occurs from sea level up to over 2,000 m asl.
Habitat and Ecology
It lives in several habitats, including dry forest, moist forest, humid savannah woodland, and bush land. It can survive in somewhat degraded habitats, but cannot tolerate complete opening up of its habitat. The males call from vegetation around pools, where they breed.
It is an abundant species.
Although somewhat adaptable, there is a limit to the amount of opening up of its habitat that it can tolerate, and so it is probably impacted by agricultural expansion, logging, and increasing human settlements. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.
It occurs in the Amani Nature Reserve (Tanzania), the Nyika National Park (Malawi), and is almost certainly present in the Udzungwa National Park (Tanzania), and probably in several other protected areas.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution, tolerance of a degree of habitat modification and its presumed large population.
We follow Pickersgill (2007) in treating mainland populations of frogs previously known as Hyperolius puncticulatus as H. substriatus. Under this arrangement, H. puncticulatus is endemic to Unguja (Zanzibar) island.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Hyperolius substriatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T136152A18367261. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T136152A18367261.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018