Arthroleptis pyrrhoscelis 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Arthroleptis pyrrhoscelis Laurent, 1952
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2015. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. 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: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2015-10-02
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Greenbaum, E., Drewes, R. & Loader, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J. & Luedtke, J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the southern Albertine Rift region in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (1,000-2,160 m asl), Burundi (1,605-1,705 m asl), and is presumed to occur in Rwanda but has not yet been confirmed there.
Countries occurrence:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1000
Upper elevation limit (metres):2160
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Population [top]

Population:It is relatively common within its range.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a species of montane grasslands that presumably breeds by direct development. However, it has also been frequently observed in disturbed areas (road ditches and banana plantations; E. Greenbaum pers. comm. October 2015).
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater
Continuing decline in area, extent and/or quality of habitat:Yes
Movement patterns:Not a Migrant

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no records of this species being utlized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Given its relatively wide distribution, wide elevational range, and adaptability to disturbed habitats, it is not likely to be seriously threatened. However, ongoing habitat loss and conversion caused by agricultural expansion, small- and large-scale wood extraction and expanding human settlements may eventually impact this species.

A study by Greenbaum et al. (2015) tested 166 individuals of different species across the Abertine Rift and recorded only 58 positive results for chytridiomycosis. Only two individuals of this species were tested for chytridiomycosis and both had negative results. While this is consistent with Arthroleptis results from other studies, Greenbaum et al. concluded that additional sampling and monitoring is required throughout the region due to the small sample sizes of their study and the fact that the region is still relatively poorly known, but presents very high levels of endemism.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Conservation Actions
The species is known to occur in the Itombwe and Kabobo Highlands in southern Kivu Province. The former is partly protected by a nature reserve and the latter is a proposed protected area.

Research Needed

Further research into the taxonomy of this species, and other members of the genus, is required.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Arthroleptis pyrrhoscelis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54381A49250941. . Downloaded on 19 June 2018.
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