Poyntonophrynus beiranus


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Poyntonophrynus beiranus
Species Authority: (Loveridge, 1932)
Common Name(s):
English Beira Toad
Bufo beiranus Loveridge, 1932

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-19
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Channing, A., Poynton, J. & Tandy, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern because, although it is seldom recorded, it has a relatively wide distribution, occurs in an area with extensive available habitats and has a presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is so far known from two apparently isolated areas: the coastal plain of central Mozambique in the flood plain of the Pungwe River, north to Thuchila in southern Malawi; and floodplains in the Zambezi catchment area in central and southwestern Zambia. Because its call is not known, it is under-recorded, and probably occurs more widely, in particular between these two areas. It occurs from sea level up to at least 1,000 m asl.
Malawi; Mozambique; Zambia
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: More fieldwork is required to identify its preferred habitat, but it has been found in grassy areas that flood during the rains. Its breeding is unknown, though it is likely to take place in temporary pools. Its adaptability to altered habitats is unknown.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): No information is available.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It probably occurs in several protected area, and is presumably present in the Kafue National Park in Zambia.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Poyntonophrynus beiranus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 04 September 2015.
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