Vandijkophrynus inyangae 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Bufonidae

Scientific Name: Vandijkophrynus inyangae
Species Authority: (Poynton, 1963)
Common Name(s):
English Inyanga Toad
Bufo inyangae Poynton, 1963
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): John Poynton, Mills Tandy
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is probably less than 5,000 km2, it is known from fewer than five locations, and the extent of its habitat in eastern Zimbabwe is probably declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species in known only from the Nyanga Mountains in eastern Zimbabwe. It presumably occurs in adjacent Mozambique, but there have been no records here, probably because of a lack of herpetological work in this area. It has been found at 2,400-2,560m asl, but probably also occurs at slightly lower elevations.
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Population [top]

Population:It is rather cryptic and hard to find, but it seems to be fairly common within its very limited range.
Current Population Trend:Decreasing
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Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It inhabits montane grassland with exposed bare granite. The animals hide under stones, in cracks in the granite, and in rodent burrows. It breeds in temporary pools, and larvae have been seen moving across wet granite faces.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The high-altitude habitat of this species has remained relatively intact up until now, although it might be at increasing risk from wood plantations, overgrazing by livestock, and human settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Nyanga National Park; continued and strengthened mangement of this protected area is needed.

Citation: John Poynton, Mills Tandy. 2004. Vandijkophrynus inyangae. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T54671A11184340. . Downloaded on 23 August 2017.
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