AmphibiaWeb - Hyperolius leucotaenius


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Hyperolius leucotaenius Laurent, 1950
family: Hyperoliidae
genus: Hyperolius
Hyperolius leucotaenius
© 2011 Eli Greenbaum (1 of 1)
Conservation Status (definitions)
IUCN Red List Status Account Endangered (EN)
National Status None
Regional Status None


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A medium-sized Hyperolius (female type 31 mm) from eastern R. D. Congo. Dorsum green with light dorsolateral lines, bordered with black. Ventrum bright green, yellow medially. Red hands and feet. Sometimes fine dark spots on dorsum. Pupil horizontal (Schiøtz 1999).

Distribution and Habitat

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Congo, the Democratic Republic of the

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Occurs in transition forests in the southern Itombwe Highlands and northern slopes of the Kabobo Highlands in eastern R. D. Congo, from 1,850-2,000 m asl (Stuart et al. 2008). Found along rivers (Greenbaum, pers. comm.)

Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
Larval development presumably occurs in water, although this has not been confirmed (Stuart et al. 2008).

Trends and Threats
The population trend is unknown, but this species is likely to be threatened by habitat loss due to increased agriculture, grazing, and human settlements. It is not known to occur within any protected areas (Stuart et al. 2008). It had not been recorded between its description in 1950 and its rediscovery in 2011 by an expedition led by Eli Greenbaum of the University of Texas El Paso.

Possible reasons for amphibian decline

General habitat alteration and loss
Habitat modification from deforestation, or logging related activities
Intensified agriculture or grazing


First described by Laurent (1950).

H. leucotaenius may, according to Laurent, be a southern vicariate of H. chrysogaster (Schiøtz 1999).

This account was taken primarily from "Treefrogs of Africa" by Arne Schiøtz with kind permission from Edition Chimaira publishers, Frankfurt am Main.


Laurent, R. F. (1950). ''Diagnoses preliminaires de treize batraciens nouveaux d'Afrique centrale.'' Revue de Zoologie et Botanie Africaine, 44, 1-18.

Schiøtz, A. (1999). Treefrogs of Africa. Edition Chimaira, Frankfurt am Main.

Stuart, S., Hoffmann, M., Chanson, J., Cox, N., Berridge, R., Ramani, P., Young, B. (eds) (2008). Threatened Amphibians of the World. Lynx Edicions, IUCN, and Conservation International, Barcelona, Spain; Gland, Switzerland; and Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Originally submitted by: Arne Schiøtz (first posted 2001-01-17)
Edited by: Kellie Whittaker (2011-05-23)

Species Account Citation: AmphibiaWeb 2011 Hyperolius leucotaenius <> University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Accessed Jun 14, 2024.

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