Arthroleptis brevipes 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Arthroleptis brevipes
Species Authority: Ahl, 1923
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:
Taxonomic Notes: There are major taxonomic problems with the genus Arthroleptis through much of Africa. In many cases, the available names can be referred only to museum specimens, not to animals in the field. This is because the identification of these species frequently depends more on their vocalizations than their morphology.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2012-09-04
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Angulo, A.
Contributor(s): Rödel , M.-O.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Tarrant, J.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from the type specimen, from Bismarcksburg, Togo. Animals found in the Togo-Volta Highlands of eastern Ghana might possibly be referred to by this name.
Countries occurrence:
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Population [top]

Population: There is no direct information on its population status, and there have been no records in many years, but this is probably largely due to the severe taxonomic problems associated with Arthroleptis species which makes it extremely hard to identify the species in many parts of Africa. However, if the animals in the Togo-Volta Highlands belong to this species, then it is abundant.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: Assuming that the animals in the Togo-Volta Highlands do belong to this species, then it is abundant in secondary habitats, as well as in lowland forests. Like other members of the genus, it presumably breeds by direct development, and is not dependent upon water.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no direct information on threats to this species, although if the animals in the Togo-Volta Highlands belong to this species, then it is probably not seriously threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas. Taxonomic research is needed to clarify the identity of this taxon.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Arthroleptis brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54367A18366480. . Downloaded on 27 November 2015.
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