Arthroleptis xenochirus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Arthroleptidae

Scientific Name: Arthroleptis xenochirus Boulenger, 1905
Common Name(s):
English Marimba Screeching Frog , Plain Squeaker
Schoutedenella xenochirus (Boulenger, 1905)
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 March 2016). New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: Poynton (2003) placed this species in the genus Schoutedenella. There are major taxonomic problems with the genera Arthroleptis and Schoutedenella 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: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-13
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A., Poynton, J. & Davenport, T.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, J
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from northern, central and eastern Angola, through southern Democratic Republic of Congo and the northern half of Zambia to northern Malawi and southern Tanzania (Njombe and Mount Rungwe). Records from Lukwangule in Uluguru Mountains in eastern Tanzania remain to be confirmed. It generally occurs in upland areas, probably over 1,000 m asl, and ranging up to 2,500 m asl in Malawi.
Countries occurrence:
Angola; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Malawi; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1000
Upper elevation limit (metres):2500
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Population [top]

Population:It is very common in suitable habitats
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It lives near streams in open grassland, and in forest patches. It is also found on the edge of plantations and in rural gardens. It presumably breeds by direct development.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is reasonably adaptable, and is probably not facing any significant threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in a number of protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Arthroleptis xenochirus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T54412A18362572. . Downloaded on 24 June 2018.
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