Hyperolius friedemanni
Friedemann's 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 Data Deficient (DD)
Other International Status None
National Status None
Regional Status None

Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Malawi


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From the IUCN Red List Species Account:


Range Description

This species is only known from two sites - Karonga and Monkey Bay - on the shores of Lake Malawi (Channing et al. 2013). However, the limits of its range and that of its congeners remains highly uncertain. As such, its rangemap has been limited to the lakeside sites where it has been recorded. Further research into this species' relationship with others in the Hyperolius nasutus group is likely to amend its distribution, with possible expansion along the lakeshore and further west into Malawi.

Habitat and Ecology

The species was found in a swamp along the lakeshore with abundant grassy vegetation and sandy soil (Channing et al. 2013). It is presumed to reproduce by larval development.


Only four specimens have ever been collected and thus little is known about the species' population size and trends.

Population Trend


Major Threats

Due to the uncertainty around its range, the theats to the species are unknown.

Conservation Actions

Research Needed
Further research into the species' taxonomy, distribution, population size and trends, ecological requirements, and threats.

Red List Status

Data Deficient (DD)


This species is listed as Data Deficient because of the high level of uncertainty of taxonomic units in the Hyperolius nasutus complex, it is only known from four specimens, and it is therefore unclear how much more widely it may occur. Additionally, there is insufficient information on its population size and trends, and potential threats to its survival.

Taxonomic Notes

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


IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius friedemanni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T48080618A48081048. .Downloaded on 23 January 2019


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