Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris
Cinnamon-bellied Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae

© 2008 Arne Schiotz (1 of 23)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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A small to medium-sized Hyperolius (males 19–28 mm, females 19–27 mm). Males brownish to green, usually with a white dorsolateral line and rather small gular flap. The females have a uniform green dorsum delimited from the white ventrum by an irregular black lateral line. Pupil horizontal.

H. cinnamomeoventris is among the very few Hyperolius to be found both in forest (although in clearings) and savanna localities. There might be small morphological differences between the bushland and savanna populations and in Cameroun Amiet has noted differences in the voice between such populations. It is thus not unlikely that two very similar, cryptic species are involved.

H. cinnamomeoventris is very similar to the sympatric H. kivuensis, and some specimens may be impossible to identify. H. cinnamomeoventris is generally smaller, with a shorter snout, smaller gular flap and more distinct light dorsolateral stripe in males. In H. kivuensis both sexes have the same pattern, while in H. cinnamomeoventris the females are green. H. cinnamomeoventris is also very similar to some populations of H. lateralis. The best distinguishing character is the entirely different voice. Finally, it resembles the poorly known H. schoutedeni. The males may be inseparable, but the female of schoutedeni has the same colour-pattern as the male.

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Angola, Cameroon, Congo, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda, Zambia


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Found in both bushland and savanna localities from Cameroun to Uganda and westernmost Kenya. Also from R. D. Congo southwards to Angola.

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The call is a succession of brief, rather high-pitched distinct clicks, sometimes double, with an indistinct frequency-intensity maximum at about 3500–4000 cps.

The eggs are unpigmented, the jelly milky.

Hyperolius fimbriolatus is a synonym for H. cinnamomeoventris (Lötters et al. 2001) This account was taken from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.


Lötters, S., Gossman, V., Obame, F., and Böhme, W. (2001). ''Zur Herpetofauna Gabuns. Teil 1: Einleitung, Untersuchungsgebiet und Methodik, kommentierte Artenliste der gefundenen Froschlurche. [The herpetofauna of Gabon. Part 1: Introduction, study area and methodology, annotated species list of recorded anurans.].'' Herpetofauna (Wiesenstadt), 23, 19-34.

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Written by Arne Schiøtz (arne AT, *
First submitted 2001-01-10
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-10)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2008 Hyperolius cinnamomeoventris: Cinnamon-bellied Reed Frog <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Sep 20, 2020.

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