Hyperolius howelli
Howell's Long Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae
Species Description: Channing A, Hillers A, Loetters S, Roedel M-O, Schick S, Conradie W, Roedder D, Mercurio V, Wagner P, Dehling JM, Du Preez LH, Kielgast J, Burger M 2013. Taxonomy of the super-cryptic Hyperolius nasutus group of long reed frogs of Africa (Anura: Hyperoliidae), with descriptions of six new species. Zootaxa 3620:301-350.
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

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



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

The species is known from four specimens collected in western Kenya (Kakamega), and southern (Madahani, Southern Highlands) and northern Tanzania (Arusha).

Habitat and Ecology

It is associated with emergent vegetation at the margins of swamps, rivers, vleis, lakes and pools in savannah and grassland habitats. Its type locality is a clear, deep pond surrounded by Typha plant species in which it was found perching at water level and up to approximately one meter above water level (Channing et al. 2013). Lötters et al. (2004) found egg clutches attached to submerged vegetation. The larvae are omnivorous, found in quiet water.


This species is presumed to have a large and abundant population, but trends are unknown.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Due to expanding human population, grasslands in the region are being converted to agricultural uses and burned to maintain cattle pasture. Wetlands are likely to also have their water diverted for agricultural purposes. However, localised threats are unknown.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
It is likely to occur in several protected areas.

Conservation Needed

The species requires ongoing and improved protection of its habitat, in particular its wetland habitats, and the specific sites where it has been recorded.

Research Needed
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, presumed large population and large amount of available suitable habitat.

Taxonomic Notes

This species was removed from synonymy with Hyperolius nasutus by Channing et al. 2013.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius howelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T48080927A48080930. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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