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Phrynobatrachus cricogaster

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
ANIMALIA CHORDATA AMPHIBIA ANURA PHRYNOBATRACHIDAE

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus cricogaster
Species Authority: Perret, 1957

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Vulnerable B1ab(iii) ver 3.1
Year Published: 2004
Date Assessed: 2004-04-30
Assessor(s): Jean-Louis Amiet, Mary Gartshore
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 there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the in the mountains of Cameroon and Nigeria.

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species is restricted to the mountains of eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon at 850-1,850m asl. There are records from the Obudu Plateau and the higher parts of the Oban Hills in Nigeria, and from the Rumpi Hills, Mount Kupe, Mount Manenguba, Mount Nlonako, and the Bamileke plateau (Petit Diboum, Mount Bana, Fotabong an Foto) in Cameroon.
Countries:
Native:
Cameroon; Nigeria
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Population [top]

Population: It is abundant at 1,400m asl on Mount Manenguba, but rare at 1,000m asl on Mount Nlonako.
Population Trend: Decreasing

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It lives in submontane and montane primary and secondary forest, degraded forest, and dense brush where it breeds in still pools along mountain streams. It does not appear to survive in completely open habitats.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Although it is somewhat adaptable, it is probably affected by agricultural expansion, logging, and human settlements when these lead to serious opening up of the habitat.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: It occurs in the Cross River National Park in Nigeria. There is a need for improved habitat protection of montane forest habitats in Cameroon.

Citation: Jean-Louis Amiet, Mary Gartshore 2004. Phrynobatrachus cricogaster. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 02 September 2014.
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