Marbled reed frog

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Marbled Reed Frog
Marbled reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus).jpg
in Botswana
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Family: Hyperoliidae
Genus: Hyperolius
H. marmoratus
Binomial name
Hyperolius marmoratus
Rapp, 1842
Hyperolius marmoratus distributuion map.jpg

The marbled reed frog or painted reed frog (Hyperolius marmoratus) is a species of frogs in the family Hyperoliidae found in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe, and Botswana, and Angola,Lesotho, and Tanzania. It occurs in a wide range of natural habitats, including forests, savannas, shrublands, grasslands, rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, and intermittent freshwater lakes. It coexists well with humans, and is also found in pastureland, rural gardens, and urban areas. Its range appears to be expanding to the winter rainfall area of the Western Cape.[2][3]

Species in the genus Hyperolius may display different colouration and patterns during day and night. Daylight colours are usually pale and drab, while their night-time appearance is colourful and eye-catching[4] – see images below.



  1. ^ IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (2013). "Hyperolius marmoratus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2013: e.T56163A3035416. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2013-2.RLTS.T56163A3035416.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  2. ^ Once upon a time in the West - the story of the Painted Reed Frog in the Western Cape
  3. ^ The Painted Reed Frog Project Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Variawa, Tasneem (April 2015). "Pickersgill's reed frog". SANBI.