Spelaeophryne methneri 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Brevicipitidae

Scientific Name: Spelaeophryne methneri
Species Authority: Ahl, 1924
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:

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Least Concern ver 3.1
Year Published: 2013
Date Assessed: 2013-07-09
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Poynton, J., Howell, K., Loader, S. & Davenport, T.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its reasonably wide distribution, tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species occurs in southeastern Tanzania from the Uluguru Mountains, southwest to Mount Rungwe and Songea, and southeast to Nchingidi. It occurs at both low and high altitudes up to 1,600 m asl, perhaps more.
Countries occurrence:
Tanzania, United Republic of
Upper elevation limit (metres): 1600
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Population [top]

Population: It is irregular in occurrence, but this is probably because it is overlooked because of its very secretive habits.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in lowland and submontane forest and miombo woodland, where it burrows into logs in dry season. It is not known whether or not it can tolerate any degradation of its habitat. Its breeding requirements are unknown, though it is presumed to be by direct development.
Systems: Terrestrial

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Because the ecological requirements of this species are so poorly known, it is not possible to assess its threats.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It almost certainly occurs in the Selous Game Reserve, and possibly in the Udzungwa National Park, but records are lacking.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2013. Spelaeophryne methneri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2013: e.T58004A18373903. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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