Hyperolius inyangae
Nyanga 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 Vulnerable (VU)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi, Zimbabwe



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe where it was collected in the Nyanga National Park, and also from Kaningina Forest Reserve in northern Malawi (Channing et al. 2013). There have been no records of the species in the intervening areas or in Mozambique thus far and the limits of its distribution remain largely uncertain. Its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 16,195 km2.

Habitat and Ecology

This species is found in highland habitats. This is uncertainty about its precise habitat, but if it is similar to its conspecifics its likely to occur in a broad range of habitats including forest edges and open, swamp-like areas. Its breeding is unknown, though it presumably takes place by larval development in ponds.


Only eight specimens have ever been collected at two sites that are approximatey 800 km apart and thus little is known about the species' population size and trends.

Population Trend


Major Threats

The habitat this species occurs in (forest edge and open woodland areas) is under threat from increasing expansion of agriculture and human settlements.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species occurs in Nyanga National Park and Kaningina Forest Reserve.

Conservation Needed

It requires ongoing and improved protection of its habitat 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

Vulnerable (VU)


Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence (EOO) is 16,195 km2, it is thought to occur in fewer than 10 threat-defined locations and there is ongoing decline in the quality and extent of its habitat.

Taxonomic Notes

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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius inyangae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T48081228A48081244. .Downloaded on 23 February 2019


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