Cardioglossa melanogaster


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cardioglossa melanogaster
Species Authority: Amiet, 1972

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Jean-Louis Amiet, Arne Schiøtz
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the extent of its forest habitat in the Cameroonian mountains is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known from the mountains of eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon at 1,200-2,000m asl. In Nigeria, it has been recorded from the Obudu Plateau, and in Cameroon it is known from Mount Manenguba, the southern fringe of the Bamileke Plateau (at Foto and Mount Bana), Mount Nlonako, and the Bamenda Highlands (in the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve). At Mwakoumel on Mount Manenguba, it co-exists with Cardioglossa pulchra and C. venusta.
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: It is common on Mount Manenguba at about 1,600-1,700m asl.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in submontane and montane areas in forest and in dense secondary growth. Males call from shady situations along streams. It is a stream-breeding species.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is at risk because of forest loss as a result of expanding human settlements, agricultural encroachment, and removal of wood.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It does occur in the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve, but additional habitat protection of the remaining highland forests in Cameroon, particularly Mount Manenguba, and in Nigeria, is needed.

Citation: Jean-Louis Amiet, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Cardioglossa melanogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 May 2015.
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