Afrixalus delicatus 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Afrixalus delicatus Pickersgill, 1984
Common Name(s):
English Pickersgill's Banana Frog
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2013. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 5.6 (9 January 2013). Electronic Database. American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Available at:
Taxonomic Notes:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-17
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Minter, L. & Pickersgill, 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.
Previously published Red List assessments:

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:This species ranges from Avoca and Mount Edgecombe in KwaZulu-Natal (eastern South Africa) northward through the coastal belt of Mozambique, the low altitude parts of Malawi to Tanzania (inland as far as Singida and Ushora), southeastern Kenya, and southern Somalia as far north as Marere. It also occurs on Zanzibar. Though its presence is uncertain in Swaziland, its species distribution on the map does include Swaziland. It is a low altitude species, and is found below 300 m asl in South Africa, and below 500 m asl in most of its range.
Countries occurrence:
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of
Additional data:
Upper elevation limit (metres):500
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Population [top]

Population:It is common in the north of its range, where it occurs in very large breeding aggregations, but it has declined in extreme south of range where it is not common (though it is possibly under-recorded).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:It is a species of coastal bush land; savannah, shrubland, grassland, forest, thicket and anthropogenically disturbed habitats. It breeds in emergent vegetation usually at the edges of relatively permanent water (including marshes, vleis and pools) favouring plants with long leaves that can be folded to make leaf nests over water.
Systems:Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In the south of its range it is threatened by sugar cane farming, urbanization, and the spread of eucalyptus (drying up breeding sites). Chemical spraying to control mosquitoes might impact some populations. However, overall it is not threatened.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Afrixalus delicatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T56059A3034176. . Downloaded on 21 May 2018.
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