Hyperolius burgessi
family: Hyperoliidae
Species Description: Loader SP, Lawson LP, Portik DM, Menegon M 2015 Three new species of spiny throated reed frogs (Anura: Hyperoliidae) from evergreen forests of Tanzania. BMC Res Notes 8:167 DOI 10.1186/s13104-015-1050-y
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Tanzania, United Republic of



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species has been recorded from the isolated massifs of the East Usambara Mountains, Uluguru Mountains, and South Nguru Mountains in Tanzania (Loader et al. 2015) between 900-1,000 m asl. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 14,774 kmĀ² and it is thought to occur in two-threat defined locations.

Habitat and Ecology

This is an arboreal species occurring in submontane rainforest. It breeds by larval development in seasonal and permanent pools.


It appears to be common at known localities. Due to ongoing habitat loss, the species' population is suspected to be decreasing.

Population Trend


Major Threats

There is continuing loss of forest habitat across its range due to the expansion of agriculture, wood extraction, and human settlements.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in the Amani, Uluguru, Nilo, and Mkingu Nature Reserves, where it is afforded a certain level of protection.

Conservation Needed
Due to ongoing threats, continued and improved protection of its habitat both in and outside of protected areas is required.

Research Needed
Further research is required on the species population size, distribution and trends.

Red List Status

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is limited to 14,774 km2, it occurs in two threat-defined locations, and there is ongoing loss in the quality and extent of its habitat in eastern Tanzania.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius burgessi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T69119678A69121201. .Downloaded on 16 February 2019


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