The limits of this species' distribution are very uncertain. Presently it is known from southern Somalia to the northern coast and eastern highlands of Kenya, south to Tanzania where it ranges through most of the country. Recent records have extended its range west to Rwanda and Burundi (M. Dehling pers. comm., December 2015) and it might occur in Malawi, Mozambique and Uganda. Because the distributional limits between this species and other members of the Hyperolius viridiflavus complex - in particular H. viridiflavus, H. mariae, H. marmoratus and H. marginatus - are extremely unclear, the map should be regarded as provisional.
Habitat and Ecology
It is associated with emergent vegetation at the margins of swamps, rivers and lakes in all types of savannah, grassland and bush land, as well as many human-modified habitats, including cultivated land, towns and gardens. It spreads rapidly into recently created waterbodies. It breeds in a wide variety of aquatic habitats, ranging from very small to very large ponds, usually using temporary, but often also in permanent, waterbodies. The eggs are deposited directly into the water.
It is an extremely abundant species.
It is an extremely adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats.
It occurs in many protected areas.
Further work is required to clarify its taxonomy, the limits of its distribution and the size of its population.
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.
H. okarkarri was synonymized under this species by Channing and Howell (2006).
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius glandicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T84384455A84384275. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T84384455A84384275.en .Downloaded on 16 January 2019