Phrynobatrachus acridoides


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus acridoides
Species Authority: (Cope, 1867)

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): Channing, A., Balletto, E., Poynton, J., Howell, K., Pickersgill, M. & Lötters, S.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Least Concern in view of its wide distribution, its tolerance of a broad range of habitats and its presumed large population.
2004 Least Concern

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species ranges from southern Somalia and Kenya, south to eastern Zimbabwe, Mozambique and northern KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa. It occurs on Mafia, Zanzibar and Pemba islands in Tanzania. It is likely to occur in Zambia, but there do not appear to be any confirmed records. Records from Budongo Forest in western Uganda, from Lokichokio in northwestern Kenya and from Ngatana in northeastern Kenya require confirmation, and are not mapped here. It is a low-altitude species.
Kenya; Malawi; Mozambique; Somalia; South Africa; Tanzania, United Republic of; Zimbabwe
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Population [top]

Population: It is generally a common, sometimes abundant, species, though there have been no recent records from South Africa, which is on the edge of its range.
Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of dry and humid savannahs, shrubland, grassland and coastal habitats, and it is adaptable to alteration of its habitats. It breeds in temporary, and sometimes permanent, waterbodies, including puddles, pools, swamps, vleis, roadside ditches, and flooded grassy depressions.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade:

There are no reports of this species being utilized.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is a very adaptable species that is not facing any significant threats, though it does seem to have declined in the edge of its range in South Africa for reasons that are not clear.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in many protected areas.

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