Mertensophryne micranotis


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Mertensophryne micranotis
Species Authority: (Loveridge, 1925)

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): Poynton, J. & Howell, K.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its relatively wide distribution and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in coastal Kenya and eastern Tanzania, including Zanzibar and Songo Songo Islands, ranging from Gede in the north, south to the Rondo Plateau. In Kenya, this species occurs only close to the coast, but in Tanzania it ranges inland as far as Kilosa and the Kihanis Gorge in the Udzungwa Mountains. It is generally a low-altitude species occurring up to 800 m asl.
Kenya; Tanzania, United Republic of
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Population [top]

Population: It is regularly encountered, but it is a difficult species to detect, and so it might be more common than is generally supposed.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of lowland forest, dense woodland, thicket, and the forest-miombo woodland boundary. It survives in modified secondary habitats with good cover. It breeds by internal fertilization, laying eggs in small water-filled holes and crevices (including snail-shells), where the larvae develop.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably affected by the loss of its habitat for agriculture, wood extraction and human settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Arabuko-Sokoke Nature Reserve (Kenya), the Shimba Hills National Park (Kenya). It potentially occurs in the Selous Game Reserve and Mikumi National Park (both in Tanzania) but it has not yet been recorded in these places.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Mertensophryne micranotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 March 2015.
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