Hyperolius rwandae
Rwanda 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: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the, Rwanda



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is known from localities in the northern, central, southern and eastern parts of Rwanda at elevations between 1,300 to 1,800 m asl. Several of these localities - including the wetlands of Mugesera and Akagera in which it occurs - are near the border with Burundi and Tanzania and extend into these countries, so it is assumed to be more widespread than current records show.

Habitat and Ecology

The species has been collected from ponds and swamps in farmland and open natural wetlands where it was found perching in vegetation 5 cm and 1.2 m above the ground or the water level (Channing et al. 2013).


The species is known from over 20 specimens and was found to be abundant at all known sites (Channing et al. 2013).

Population Trend


Major Threats

This species appears to be relatively adaptable to artificial habitats and resilient to habitat disturbance. However, potential threats could include drainage of its wetland habitats.

Conservation Actions

Conservation Actions
The species has note been recorded, but is likely to occur, in Akagera National Park.

Conservation Needed
Protection of the species' wetland habitat and known sites would benefit its longterm survival.

Research Needed

Further surveys are required to clarify the limits of its range, its population size and trends, and threats.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern due to its broad distribution throughout Rwanda, abundant population and adaptability to habitat modification.

Taxonomic Notes

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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius rwandae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T48081486A48081529. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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