Hyperolius veithi is known from its type locality in Salonga National Park in the central Congo basin (Schick et al. 2010). It generally occurs around 400 m asl. However, it is likely that this species is more widely distributed as sampling efforts in the Congo basin have been limited and as there do not seem to be any physical barriers that might limit its distribution (Schick et al. 2010).
Habitat and Ecology
The type locality is primary rainforest with seasonally fluctuating, rain-fed water bodies. It was observed on vegetation overhanging the water where it lays its eggs. Tadpoles then hatch and fall into the water (Schick et al. 2010).
It is locally abundant: 27 pairs were observed within a couple hours of sampling in January 2009. This is the only record of the species as no further surveys have been undertaken (Schick et al. 2010).
Possible threats are habitat loss caused by logging. However, the type locality is remote and contained in a large protected area (J. Kielgast pers. comm. May 2012). Chytridiomycosis is not considered a threat because the central Congo basin shows limited suitability for the emergence of this fungal pathogen (Rödder et al. 2009) and elsewhere in tropical Africa; other Hyperolius species survive well despite high prevalence and individual parasite load (Kielgast et al. 2010).
It occurs in the Salonga National Park, the second largest protected tropical forest in the world. Further research is needed on the species' taxonomy, population size, distribution and trends, and natural history.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
This species is listed as Least Concern because there are few apparent threats to the species, it appears to be locally abundant and occurs in Salonga National Park. Furthermore, it is expected to have a larger range than is currently known (this is likely, according to Schick et al. 2010, due to the apparent lack of physical borders to its dispersal and the observation that numerous other amphibian species in the Congo basin show relatively large distributions). Chytridiomycosis is not considered a threat because the central Congo basin shows limited suitability for the emergence of this fungal pathogen (Rödder et al. 2009) and elsewhere in tropical Africa; other Hyperolius species survive well despite high prevalence and individual parasite load (Kielgast et al. 2010).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, 2015. Hyperolius veithi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T16854247A16854250. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-2.RLTS.T16854247A16854250.en .Downloaded on 11 December 2018