Schismaderma carens


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Schismaderma carens
Species Authority: (Smith, 1848)
Common Name(s):
English African Red Toad, African Split-skin Toad

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): Poynton, J., Howell, K., Minter, L. & Tandy, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from northwestern Tanzania and southern Kenya (Olorgesailie) south to southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, eastern Angola and western Zambia, as far as southeastern Botswana, southern Mozambique, Swaziland and the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It has not been recorded from Lesotho.
Angola (Angola); Botswana; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Namibia; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zambia; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally common, but it is hard to find when it is not breeding.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It occurs primarily in grassland and wooded savannah, but also in agricultural land, livestock ranches, and around human settlements. It breeds in deep, still waterbodies, including in dirty water, with a larval stage and gregarious tadpoles.
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 facing any significant threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Schismaderma carens. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 29 August 2015.
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