This species is known from localities in the northern, central, southern and eastern parts of Rwanda at elevations between 1,300 to 1,800 m asl. Several of these localities - including the wetlands of Mugesera and Akagera in which it occurs - are near the border with Burundi and Tanzania and extend into these countries, so it is assumed to be more widespread than current records show.
Habitat and Ecology
The species has been collected from ponds and swamps in farmland and open natural wetlands where it was found perching in vegetation 5 cm and 1.2 m above the ground or the water level (Channing et al. 2013).
The species is known from over 20 specimens and was found to be abundant at all known sites (Channing et al. 2013).
This species appears to be relatively adaptable to artificial habitats and resilient to habitat disturbance. However, potential threats could include drainage of its wetland habitats.
The species has note been recorded, but is likely to occur, in Akagera National Park.
Protection of the species' wetland habitat and known sites would benefit its longterm survival.
Further surveys are required to clarify the limits of its range, its population size and trends, and threats.
Red List Status
Least Concern (LC)
Listed as Least Concern due to its broad distribution throughout Rwanda, abundant population and adaptability to habitat modification.
This species was removed from synonymy with Hyperolius nasutus by Channing et al. 2013.
IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2016. Hyperolius rwandae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T48081486A48081529. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-1.RLTS.T48081486A48081529.en