Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Pyxicephalidae

Scientific Name: Cacosternum kinangopensis
Species Authority: Channing & Schmitz, 2008
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-08
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A., Angulo, A., Tognelli, M. & Jarosińska, P.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.

Listed as Least Concern because, even though it is currently known from the North Kinangop Plateau, is it thought to occur more widely, and because there are presently no major threats known to its population.

Previously published Red List assessments:
2010 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from North Kinangop Plateau, Kenya, at 2,434 m asl. It has so far been found only near Murungaru village; however, it is a cryptic species, thus it may occur more widely e.g., the higher Aberdare Mountains (Channing and Schmitz 2008).
Countries occurrence:
Lower elevation limit (metres): 2434
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2434
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Population [top]


No population status information is currently available for this species.

Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species occurs in grassland or montane grassland (A. Channing pers. comm. March 2010). It can be found in shallow water in temporary pools and at the base of emergent vegetation (Channing and Schmitz 2008). It is thought to breed in water.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s):

There appears to be no obvious threat to this species; the type specimen was found in a disused quarry (A. Channing pers. comm. March 2010).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: No conservation actions are currently known for this species. More information is needed on this species' distribution, population status and natural history.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Cacosternum kinangopensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T176286A18404245. . Downloaded on 08 October 2015.
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