Arthroleptis francei


Taxonomy [top]

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Scientific Name: Arthroleptis francei
Species Authority: Loveridge, 1953

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Lovemore Mazibuko, John Poynton
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered, because its Extent of Occurrence of less than 5,000 km2, it is known from fewer than five locations, and there is a continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi and possibly from the nearby Zomba Mountains. It is found as low as 700m asl in the Ruo Basin, but also occurs higher up on the mountain, including on the plateau, probably up to at least 2,500m asl.
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Population [top]

Population: It is apparently common within its restricted range, but there have been no records over the last 30 years, probably due to a lack of fieldwork.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: This species inhabits both lowland and montane forest, including high-altitude cedar forest. It is also found, but is probably much less common, in montane grassland and pine plantations. There is little information on its adaptability to secondary habitats, but it is believed to favour undisturbed habitats. It lives in leaf-litter in areas of very high rainfall. They sometimes climb trees up to at least 2m from the ground. It is presumed to breed by direct development, though the site of egg deposition is not known.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although somewhat protected, the forest on Mount Mulanje continues to be lost in places as a result of small-scale farming and extraction of wood.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve, and continued protection and management of this area is essential. Further survey work is required to determine the current population status of this species.

Citation: Lovemore Mazibuko, John Poynton 2004. Arthroleptis francei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <>. Downloaded on 25 October 2014.
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