Hyperolius tuberilinguis
Tinker Reed Frog
family: Hyperoliidae

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Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN (Red List) Status Least Concern (LC)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None



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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species ranges from Lake Mbaratumu in south-central Kenya, through eastern and southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe, to Swaziland to KwaZulu-Natal in eastern South Africa, south as far as Port Edward. It is a low-altitude species that is recorded up to 1,000 m asl in Tanzania.

Habitat and Ecology

It is a species of low-altitude savannah woodland, bush land, grassland and thicket, often occurring in coastal habitats. It adapts to some altered habitats, including certain types of farmland, golf courses and parks. It breeds in reed beds on the periphery of swamps and rivers, as well as dense vegetation around pans, temporary pools and dams.


It is a very numerous species.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Afforestation, sugar cane farming, and urban spread are affecting certain populations in South Africa. However, overall this species is not significantly threatened.

Conservation Actions

It occurs in many protected areas.

Red List Status

Least Concern (LC)


Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Hyperolius tuberilinguis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56217A3035913. .Downloaded on 19 February 2019


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