Vandijkophrynus gariepensis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Vandijkophrynus gariepensis
Species Authority: (Smith, 1848)
Common Name(s):
English Karoo Toad
Bufo gariepensis Smith, 1848
Taxonomic Notes: Some isolated populations in the north of its range could be separate taxa.

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., Minter, L. & Tandy, M.
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 is widespread in South Africa, extreme southwestern Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland. It ranges from sea level up to 3,400 m asl.
Lesotho; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland
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Population [top]

Population: It is an abundant species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in many habitats, including fynbos heathland, succulent karoo, thicket, grassland, and Nama karoo. It breeds in many different types of permanent and temporary waterbodies, including streams, waterholes, lakes, rain pools, and even hoof prints. It is tolerant of low temperatures.
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 an adaptable species that is unlikely to be threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Vandijkophrynus gariepensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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