Phrynobatrachus cryptotis 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Amphibia Anura Phrynobatrachidae

Scientific Name: Phrynobatrachus cryptotis
Species Authority: Schmidt and Inger, 1959
Taxonomic Source(s): Frost, D.R. 2014. Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6 (27 January 2014). New York, USA. Available at: (Accessed: 27 January 2014).
Taxonomic Notes: Phrynobatrachus cryptotis might be a junior synonym of P. mababiensis (Poynton and Broadley 1985b).

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2014
Date Assessed: 2013-09-19
Assessor(s): IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group
Reviewer(s): Garcia Moreno, J. & Stuart, S.N.
Contributor(s): Poynton, J. & Pickersgill, M.
Facilitator/Compiler(s): Morris, E.J.
Listed as Data Deficient in view of continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity as well as absence of recent information on its extent of occurrence, status and ecological requirements.
Previously published Red List assessments:
2004 Data Deficient (DD)

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was described from Upemba National Park, in Shaba Province in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Records have also been claimed from north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Zambia and Zimbabwe, but it is likely that these actually refer to Phrynobatrachus mababiensis (which this species might indeed be a junior synonym of). Pending resolution of its taxonomic status, this species is currently understood as occurring only in south-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Countries occurrence:
Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
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Population [top]

Population: It is a cryptic species, but apparently it is not uncommon in suitable habitat. However, there have been no recent records, presumably due to a lack of herpetological work in the area.
Current Population Trend: Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: It is associated with streams and marshes in humid savannah and gallery forest. Its breeding biology is unknown, but reproduction presumably takes place in water, as with most other members of its genus.
Systems: Terrestrial; Freshwater

Use and Trade [top]

Use and Trade: There is no information on the use or trade of this species.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): There is no information available on threats to this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: Upemba National Park is the only protected area from which it is currently known. There are continuing doubts as to its taxonomic validity, it may be a junior synonym of Phrynobatrachus mababiensis.

Citation: IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. 2014. Phrynobatrachus cryptotis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2014: e.T58104A18392769. . Downloaded on 01 December 2015.
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