Nothophryne broadleyi 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Pyxicephalidae

Scientific Name: Nothophryne broadleyi
Species Authority: Poynton, 1963
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: Endangered B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Needs updating
Assessor(s): Lovemore Mazibuko, John Poynton
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Listed as Endangered because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 5,000 km2, it is known from fewer than five locations, and the quality and extent of its forest habitat on Mounts Mulanje and Ribaue is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is known only from Mount Mulanje in southern Malawi and Mount Ribaue in Mozambique, where it occurs above 1,200m asl up to almost 3,000m asl. It probably occurs more widely in the mountains of south-eastern Malawi and northern Mozambique.
Countries occurrence:
Malawi; Mozambique
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant on Mount Mulanje, breeding in vast numbers.
Current Population Trend: Decreasing
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is particularly associated with rocky areas in both montane forest and grassland. The eggs are laid in wet moss at the edge of rivulets running over rocks, and the larvae disperse by migration across wet rocks.
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although somewhat protected, the habitat on Mount Mulanje continues to be lost in places as a result of subsistence agriculture and extraction of wood. Other threats include uncontrolled fires and the spreading of exotic pines throughout the plateaus (pines are invading and locally replacing the natural vegetation as they regrow faster after fires).

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve (which is in need of continued and strenghtened management), although Mount Ribaue remains unprotected.

Citation: Lovemore Mazibuko, John Poynton. 2004. Nothophryne broadleyi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2004: e.T58077A11714410. . Downloaded on 25 November 2015.
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