Cacosternum kinangopensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cacosternum kinangopensis
Species Authority: Channing & Schmitz, 2008

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.

2010 Least Concern

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).
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Population [top]


No population status information is currently available for this species.

Population Trend: 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. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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