Phrynobatrachus acridoides 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Phrynobatrachidae

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus acridoides
Species Authority: (Cope, 1867)
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: 2013-07-02
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.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Least Concern (LC)

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.
Countries occurrence:
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.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: 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 2013: e.T58086A3065278. . Downloaded on 28 November 2015.
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