Wolterstorffina chirioi


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Wolterstorffina chirioi
Species Authority: Boistel & Amiet, 2001

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Jean-Louis Amiet
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Critically Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 100 km2 and its Area Of Occupancy is less than 10km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat on Mount Oku.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This recently described species is known only from the summit of Mount Oku at 3,000m asl in the Bamenda Highlands in western Cameroon. In view of the absence of suitable vegetation at other localities in Cameroon, this species is probably endemic to this area.
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Population [top]

Population: The population status of this species is unknown.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in Afro-Alpine vegetation and grassland at the summit of Mount Oku. Its breeding habits are unknown, but since it lives above the water limit on Mount Oku, it is presumably either a live-bearer or a direct-developer laying eggs on the ground.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): The habitat at the summit of Mount Oku is threatened by overgrazing and fire. Because it is a high-altitude species with a very limited range, it is potentially affected by climate change.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: A conservation project has been conducted on Mount Oku for several years by BirdLife International, involving community management of the area by the local villages. This project needs to take into account the conservation needs of this species. A captive-breeding programme should be considered in view of possible effects of climate change. Survey work is necessary to determine the current population status and breeding habits of this species.

Citation: Jean-Louis Amiet 2004. Wolterstorffina chirioi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. <>. Downloaded on 30 May 2015.
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