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Phrynobatrachus bequaerti

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA PHRYNOBATRACHIDAE

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus bequaerti
Species Authority: (Barbour & Loveridge, 1929)

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Martin Pickersgill, Robert Drewes
Reviewer(s): Global Amphibian Assessment Coordinating Team (Simon Stuart, Janice Chanson and Neil Cox)
Justification:
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and the quality and extent of its forest habitat in the Albertine Rift is declining.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This very poorly known species occurs in the mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, from the region of Mount Ruwenzori, south to west of Lake Kivu, and in western Rwanda, and north-western Burundi. It is very likely to occur in Uganda, but there appear to be no confirmed records. It occurs at very high altitudes, from at least 2,400m asl (perhaps lower) to over 3,000m asl.
Countries:
Native:
Burundi; Congo, The Democratic Republic of the; Rwanda
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Population [top]

Population: There is little recent information on the population status of this species, but it is apparently not uncommon in suitable habitat.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is a species of swamps and marshes in both montane forest and montane grassland. It presumably breeds in swamps.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): It is probably affected by the mass movement and settlement of refugees, and the resultant increased demands for firewood and building materials.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda). However, the quality of habitat in these protected areas has declined due to the influx and settlement of refugees as a result of regional political instability.

Citation: Martin Pickersgill, Robert Drewes 2004. Phrynobatrachus bequaerti. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 01 October 2014.
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