Duttaphrynus dodsoni


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Duttaphrynus dodsoni
Species Authority: (Boulenger, 1895)
Bufo dodsoni Boulenger, 1895

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-06-18
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Lanza, B., Balletto, E., Largen, M.J. & Baha El Din, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from northern and central Somalia, through eastern Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea, northwards through Sudan to extreme southeastern Egypt (vicinity of Gebel Elba only). It occurs from sea level up to 1,800 m asl.
Djibouti; Egypt; Eritrea; Ethiopia; Somalia; Sudan
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Population [top]

Population: It is apparently very common and widespread in Somalia, and has been reported as numerous near Port Sudan, but is somewhat rarer and more localized in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is highly localized and rare in Egypt.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of extremely arid localities, and is often found far from the nearest permanent water. It breeds in temporary pools in desert and semi-desert savannah, gheltas (permanent pools at the foot of cliffs or in the mouth of caves) and in water in caves. It can be found deep in burrows during droughts, it emerges from these to breed after rains.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The most likely threat is the increase in human expansion and settlement, with the resulting increase in populations of domestic livestock impacting breeding pools.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Awash National Park in Ethiopia, in the Elba protected area in Egypt, but it is not in any protected areas in Somalia.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Duttaphrynus dodsoni. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 02 March 2015.
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