Sclerophrys asmarae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Sclerophrys asmarae (Tandy, Bogart, Largen & Feener, 1982)
Common Name(s):
English Asmara Toad
Amietophrynus asmarae (Tandy, Bogart, Largen & Feener, 1982)
Bufo asmarae Tandy, Bogart, Largen & Feener, 1982
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2016. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0 (31 October 2016). New York, USA Available at:
Taxonomic Notes: This species was under the generic name Amietophrynus but is now treated under Sclerophrys (Frost 2016).

This is an amended assessment created to account for the change in generic name.

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2016
Date Assessed: 2013-06-18
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Largen, M.J. & Tandy, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species occurs in the highlands of Ethiopia (on both sides of the Rift Valley) and Eritrea. It is known with certainty only between 1,875 and 3,000 m asl. Records down to 200 m asl in Eritrea and 600 m asl in southeastern Ethiopia require confirmation.
Countries occurrence:
Eritrea; Ethiopia
Additional data:
Lower elevation limit (metres):1875
Upper elevation limit (metres):3000
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Population [top]

Population:It is a locally common species.
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a species of montane grassland. There is some suggestion that the species might extend into arid savannah at lower elevations, but this requires confirmation. It breeds in permanent and probably also temporary pools (including in artificially maintained livestock-watering sites) in montane grassland.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

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

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Populations of this species are presumably impacted by environmental degradation due to human settlement and agricultural encroachment. However, this species is probably adaptable, and its habitat is not declining very rapidly, and so it is unlikely to be seriously at risk.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It is not known from any protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2016. Sclerophrys asmarae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T54578A107343691. . Downloaded on 26 May 2018.
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