Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Hyperoliidae

Scientific Name: Afrixalus morerei
Species Authority: Dubois, 1986
Afrixalus dabagae Pickersgill, 1992
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: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Martin Pickersgill, Arne Schiøtz, Kim Howell
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, it is known from fewer than ten locations, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Udzungwa Mountains.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is endemic to the Udzungwa Mountains in southern Tanzania, occurring between 1,300 and 2,050m asl. It is possible that it also occurs in the Uluguru Mountains (Pickersgill 2007).
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Lower elevation limit (metres): 1300
Upper elevation limit (metres): 2050
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Population [top]

Population: It is moderately abundant in suitable habitats.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of marshy areas in open montane grasslands, and from grassy glades in forest/grassland mosaic. It has been found in pastureland, but it is not clear that in can survive in croplands.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Its montane grassland habitat is threatened by afforestation, agricultural expansion, fire, and human settlement.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no records from Udzungwa National Park, but it is likely to occur there.

Citation: Martin Pickersgill, Arne Schiøtz, Kim Howell. 2004. Afrixalus morerei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T56070A11420185. . Downloaded on 13 October 2015.
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