Cardioglossa oreas


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Cardioglossa oreas
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 endemic to the mountains of western Cameroon at 1,900-2,650m asl, occurring on Mount Manenguba, and on the Bamenda Highlands at the Bamboutos Mountains, the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve, and Mount Oku.
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Population [top]

Population: It is common within its small range.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in montane forest, often in bamboo forest, and in degraded habitats with trees. They are associated with areas around fast-flowing streams, where they sit on leaves, or hide in holes or under stones and breed in streams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): This species is seriously threatened by forest loss due to agricultural expansion and extraction of wood, as well as by overgrazing and expansion of human settlements.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: The species occurs in the Bafut-Ngemba Forest Reserve, but is largely unprotected elsewhere in its range. A conservation project has been conducted on Mount Oku for several years by BirdLife International, involving community management of the area by the local villages; this project needs to take into account the conservation needs of this species.

Citation: Jean-Louis Amiet, Arne Schiøtz 2004. Cardioglossa oreas. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 25 May 2015.
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