Kassina maculata


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Kassina maculata
Species Authority: (Duméril, 1853)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-02
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Schiøtz, A., Howell, K., 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.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from Witu in coastal Kenya south, through Tanzania and Mozambique, to KwaZulu-Natal in eastern South Africa, and inland to southern Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe and eastern Swaziland. It is present on Zanzibar island. It ranges up to 1,400 m asl at Vumba in Zimbabwe, but it is generally a low-altitude species.
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; South Africa; Swaziland; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is a common species.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in savannah, bush land, grassland, and agricultural areas. It breeds in both temporary and permanent water, favouring large, well-vegetated pools, pans, vleis, marshes and dams.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: It is sometimes found in the international pet trade.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): In general, it is adaptable and is not facing any significant threats. However, in the south of its range it is locally impacted by afforestation, the spread of invasive trees (lowering the water table), sugar cane farming, and urban expansion. It is sometimes found in the international pet trade but at levels that do not currently constitute a major threat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group 2013. Kassina maculata. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 01 September 2015.
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